SAN FRANCISCO -- A man was shot and wounded outside a downtown San Francisco shopping center Sunday, sending people in the city's most heavily trafficked areas running for safety and forcing the shutdown of BART as police searched for the gunman.

The man was shot several times outside the Westfield San Francisco Centre about 7:15 p.m., Officer Gordon Shyy said in a statement. He was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

No arrest has been made.

The shooting happened across the street from the busy Powell Street cable car turnaround and steps from an entrance to the Powell Street Station. KTVU-TV reports riders were evacuated from the station.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Bay Area Rapid Transportation agency had its trains skip the station for about 25 minutes, and the Muni section of the station was closed for a period of time.

A worker at the Jamba Juice store inside the mall told the newspaper he saw people running and screaming in the food court area.

"Everybody just started running," Aldo Gomez, 19, said. "My boss told me to get back inside."

The chaos came a day after a homeless man was struck and killed by an outbound Muni train at the station. His death prompted a four-hour closure of the station, causing delays for mass-transit riders heading to downtown for the Chinese New Year parade.



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