The shootout, which occurred on Father's Day and involved two vehicles traveling along the waterfront, led to the arrest of 33-year-old Lee Haywood from Pittsburg. Several individuals sustained injuries during the incident.
District Attorney Brooke Jenkins released a statement, saying, "After careful consideration, we have decided to drop the case against Mr. Haywood pending further investigation. This is a complex matter that involves multiple crime scenes, numerous witnesses, and substantial evidence that requires thorough analysis. Conducting such an investigation takes time, and we are working closely with the SFPD to ensure that all relevant evidence is gathered for the evaluation of this case and the appropriate charging decisions."
Initial reports indicated that gunshots were exchanged between individuals in a white sedan and a black SUV near Pier 39, specifically at Beach and Stockton streets, shortly after 7:10 p.m. Two unrelated vehicles were struck by bullets during the shootout, causing injuries to a 48-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman who were inside the vehicles.
The injured victims were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.
The incident continued as the cars proceeded southbound along The Embarcadero. At the intersection of The Embarcadero and Kearny Street, the sedan driver struck a 10-year-old girl, while the SUV driver struck a 16-year-old girl who were crossing the road at the time.
According to police reports, the younger girl was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, while the 16-year-old received on-site treatment.
Both vehicles continued along The Embarcadero for over a mile until the SUV collided with a fixed object at Howard Street.
The driver of the sedan fled the scene, while Haywood, who was inside the SUV, was detained along with a female passenger.
Haywood sustained life-threatening injuries and received medical treatment, while the woman was treated and released, as confirmed by the police on Tuesday.
During the investigation, law enforcement officers discovered a semiautomatic firearm and shell casings inside the SUV, leading to Haywood's arrest.
Haywood faced multiple charges, including negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a wanted felon, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and carrying a concealed firearm. Additionally, there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Antioch.
"The shooting incident on Father's Day and the subsequent incidents along the waterfront were alarming and demand a thorough investigation to ensure accountability for the individuals involved. Although I am relieved that no innocent bystanders suffered serious harm, events like these are terrifying, traumatizing, and unacceptable," expressed Jenkins on Friday. "I want to assure the public that we do not believe this was a random shooting, and there is no ongoing threat to public safety."
According to San Francisco jail records, Haywood remains in custody as of Friday afternoon due to the outstanding warrant.
Anyone with information regarding the shootout is urged to contact the San Francisco Police at 415-575-4444 or send a text to TIP411, starting the message with "SFPD."