Video Shows Drive-By Shooter Shattering Windows at Precita Park Cafe


It’s been a week since several windows at the much-loved Precita Park Cafe were shattered in a disturbing barrage of late-night gunfire.

Impressively, the damage was quickly repaired, so that virtually no trace of the incident remains. Less impressively, the SFPD says they have few leads in the investigation.

Here’s a development: Bernalwood has reviewed security camera footage that shows how the incident unfolded. It happened at 4:43 AM. The shooting was a drive-by, and the passenger fired the weapon.  It was over within seconds.

Pay close attention to the car that appears in the first few moments of the video. You can see several muzzle flashes, and broken glass falling to the ground:

Want to play high-tech sleuth? Use your own combination of algorithms to zoom and enhance the video. Can you identify what kind of car this is?


17 thoughts on “Video Shows Drive-By Shooter Shattering Windows at Precita Park Cafe

  1. I agree, probably black Dodge Charger judging by the trunk and tail lights. Fancy rims as well. I’d say PPC need to get more cameras, these angles are pretty useless. The car would have been captured coming down Alabama Street also, I’d recommend people check their own cameras for footage.

    • Nah, watch the headlight pattern at 0:01-0:03. The car came down the South side of Precita park, turned left onto Alabama, then right onto Precita in front of the cafe. If there are other cameras that caught this car, they’d be on Precita, not Alabama.

  2. Time for Precita Park Cafe to invest a few bucks and in a decent security camera. The shooter could be standing directly in front of the window and you still wouldn’t be able to make out enough detail to make an arrest.

  3. At 00:06 the car turns off their lights, so the tail lights that are visible are the rear reflectors. I think the rear reflector pattern rules out a Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300. Maybe others can help research – we’re looking for a fairly distinctive pattern of horizontal strips on either side of the rear. The car also looks like a coupe, not a sedan.

  4. Realistically it doesn’t really matter if they catch these fools or not. It’s a property crime. They’ll get a shaming glare from a judge and a slap on the wrist and will be ready to shoot up something (or someone) else the next day.

  5. Hi Todd, I am fairly new to Bernal and wondered if we have any community ‘watch’ programs which include installing cameras (working with the police dept) on our street? Is there an upcoming ‘citizen’s watch’ meeting with the police dept upcoming for Bernal residents? Thanks!Diana

    • Diana, the police station has a monthly community meeting. As it happens, the next one (Oct 20, 7pm) will be at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland. Please attend!

      Also, SFSAFE sets up neighborhood watch groups, and there are many in Bernal. You can join an existing one or start your own – it’s very easy. Just call 673-SAFE or go to

      • I reached out to SFSAFE and found the experience terrifying. I’m sure they were just looking out for my safety but the precautionary measures they requested just to meet with them made me want to flee back into my home and lock all the doors and windows and never come out again. I walked away from starting up a neighborhood watch and don’t plan to go back.

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