Police Investigating Shots Fired in San Rafael

San Rafael Police officials said no one appeared to have been injured after two shots were fired in the city's canal neighborhood, in what seems to be the city's fourth shooting since November.


San Rafael Police officials are investigating a Saturday afternoon incident involving two shots fired and anywhere from two to five males.

San Rafael Police Sgt. Roy Leon said multiple callers reported hearing gunshots at 1:33 p.m. near Playa de Ray and Vista del Mar, in San Rafael’s canal neighborhood.  

“Officers responded to the area, quickly established a perimeter and started contacting witnesses,” Leon said.

Multiple witnesses said they heard two gunshots and saw a number of Hispanic males — reports range from two to five — running away from each other.

“One witness reported seeing a subject with a handgun,” Leon said.

Officers spent more than an hour searching the area, but they didn’t find any victims, suspects or evidence, Leon said. 

Witnesses said the men were all in their early 20s and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. Callers can remain anonymous. Tips can be made online at www.bayareacrimestoppers.org.

The Saturday incident was the fourth shooting that’s occurred in San Rafael since November.

A man was shot and wounded at the busy San Rafael Transit Center on Dec. 14, when there were an estimated 200 young people in the area. The shooting suspect was identified the next day.

Two people were injured in a shooting outside Club 101 on Nov. 23, where a physical altercation among patrons started inside the nightclub and spilled out into the club’s parking lot.

Earlier in November, two suspects were arrested in connection to a Nov. 13 gang-related downtown San Rafael shooting, when a man was shot in the back near the intersection of Fourth Street and Tamalpais Avenue.

Kevin Moore January 06, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Think that handgun will end up in the Marin gun buy back? Not a chance.
A. Agulair January 07, 2013 at 02:56 AM
What is Supervisor Adams doing about all this violence? This is her territory!! Is she contacting Marin Housing? Code Enforcement? The Police? Is this violence okay with her and if NOT what is she doing about it? Agreed Kevin Moore, the buy back program Adams supports isn't helping this situation or the people in The Canal.
Kevin Moore January 14, 2013 at 05:15 PM
We frequent the Canal area for shopping and car repairs. My step-son uses the bus terminal often. All of these shooting incidents make me nervous. No one in any part of San Rafael should have to worry about getting shot. Time to cut out the criminal element like the cancer it is to a city. I know the Patch and Marin IJ do not have the resources to do in depth investigations. However, I wish the police would provide information on the caliber of the firearm used, the make/model, and where the firearm originated from. Most of the shootings are by felons, who are banned from owning firearms or ammunition, so what is the source? Look at all of those shootings in linked stories. The firearm owned by the Greenbrae man was legally owned. Maybe, maybe not the firearms used in the nigh club shooting. All other firearms were in possession of felons,


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