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Man Shot at San Rafael Transit Center, Suspect at Large

Gunman fled south on Highway 101. Victim taken to Marin General Hospital in unknown condition.

An armed suspect remained at large Friday afternoon after a man was shot at the San Rafael Transit Center, police said.

Officers shut down Platform C of the bus station near Third Street and Tamalpais Avenue after the shooting took place at 12:58 p.m., according to San Rafael Police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher.

A man pulled up in a car near Marin Filmworks on Tamalpais Avenue, got out and shot the man on the platform with a handgun. The victim fled from the gunman about 100 yards away and fell near Platform B, Rohrbacher said.

The suspect fled on southbound Highway 101 in what was described as gold sedan. A countywide bulletin was dispatched and law enforcement officers prepared roadblocks.

"There was panic all over," Golden Gate Transit bus driver Steve Telesmanic said. Telesmanic pulled in to the east side of the station when he heard loud shots being fired. He had around 10 passengers in his bus at the time.

The incident occurred when several buses were pulling in to the station for their 1 p.m. stops. Bus driver Mike Domenichelli estimated that there were around 200 people, including several young children, in the station when the shooting happened.

An officer from Barbier Security assisted the victim by making a tourniquet to stop the bleeding as they waited for police to arrive on the scene. Domenichelli described the wound as a large hole on the victim's leg.

Paramedics transported the 22-year-old injured man to Marin General Hospital, and his injuries were not considered life threatening, Rohrbacher said. The victim's bloody jeans were left near a cement bench in the middle of the station as police taped off the crime scene.

The suspect was described as a black man, about 6-foot-4 and wearing dark clothes, according to Rohrbacher. 

"We have no information about how the men knew each other or how many people were in the car," she said.

Platform C near Tamalpais Avenue will remain closed throughout the afternoon. Rorhbacher said the

Buses were using Platforms A and B. Traffic around the station began to slow as police investigate.

The last shooting in San Rafael took place the day after Thanksgiving when two men were injured in a shooting outside a Club 101, at 815 Francisco Blvd. West.

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Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM
@CarolX, stereotyping cuts both ways. I believe that closing the California mental institutions by then Governor Reagan in order to balance the state budget, and changing the criteria for institutionalization were huge mistakes. The local "mainstreaming" never occurred because there were never any local funds available. The change from "incapable of caring for one's self" to "an imminent danger to one's self or others" means that the vast majority of the mentally get no treatment.
Lynn M December 16, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Very cogent Jerome! Of course, Reagan was forced to do this by legislation put into play by Pat Brown. Leaving bombs on the successors watch seems like playing dirty to me. In this case the fall out is still with us. I wonder if we could have some sort of work program to give people a sense of accomplishment; farming, picking up litter, I don't really know what. It needs to be a step to the functional, responsible world. We can do better!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 17, 2012 at 02:00 AM
@Lynn, for the past 48 years anyone with a hand out would be given a hand out, and the next year they came back asking for more "entitlement". The Stimulus program I envisioned was another WPA/CCC, but that is not what happened.
pdog December 20, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Couldn't the San Quentin Drop off at least take the inmates to the transit center in Richmond instead of our fair San Rafael?
Kevin Moore December 20, 2012 at 04:18 AM
From my post above. Paroles should be returned to their county of origin. http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/victim_services/sentencing.html Currently, the law requires that parolees be returned to the county that was the last legal residence of the offender prior to his or her incarceration. A parolee may be returned to another county if that would be in the best interests of the public. DAPO carefully reviews each case and makes such decisions on an individual basis.

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