Sunday night, the San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee (“SFPCC”) learned that following our 43rd Annual Pride Celebration, two of our vendors were in the process of closing their booth and finishing up sales, when they were injured by nearby gunfire. Out of respect for their privacy and care, we decline to release any name or specific identifying information.
Our primary and greatest concern remains for the health and recovery of our two vendors. Though both were injured and we take such conditions very seriously, we are thankful that neither sustained life threatening injuries. Both of our vendors were transported to SF General, where it was determined that one of them required more serious treatment and he underwent surgery this morning. He remains in the hospital and is recovering from his injuries. He was joined by members of his family, who we spoke to briefly. We have secured them lodging in San Francisco while their loved one’s medical condition continues to be evaluated.
The second injured individual was treated and released from the hospital last evening. He also remains in San Francisco, where we have also secured him lodging. Members of the SFPCC went to the hospital last night, as soon as we were notified that the gunfire involved our vendors and we have reached out to provide assistance and help where we can. SFPCC wants to assure the vendors and their families that they have our support. The ability to hold our annual celebration would not be possible without the hard work of and the important partnership with our vendors. Their safety and welfare remains a priority. Our hearts go out to them for this terrible incident caused by the unidentified perpetrators.
With regard to the shooting itself, we are working with SFPD to do all we can to make sure those responsible for the injury and harm to our two vendors are caught. We are unaware if those responsible were members of the LGBT community, participants in our celebration in any way or if they even attended the Pride Celebration. Thus, it would be inappropriate for us to comment as to whom is responsible for the injuries inflicted on our vendors and our Community until the SFPD has thoroughly investigated. It is a Police matter and we will provide all the assistance we can.
At the close of a week where the LGBT Community has had such tremendous victories, we are saddened that such a senseless and selfish act has occurred to diminish even one moment of our celebration. But, such an unwarranted act is an affront and injury to our entire SF Community. With that in mind, we hope that our LGBT Community and other San Franciscans do everything they can to work closely with the SFPD to ensure that such a tragedy is never repeated. If you were a witness to any of these events, we ask that you contact the SFPD at 415-553-0123. Stand with us in stopping such senseless violence against other human beings.