“I forgive you,” says San Francisco pet store owner who narrowly missed a bullet

The owner of a pet store in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood said on Friday he narrowly missed being shot when someone opened fire outside his store.

“Fear. Fear. I was scared for my life,” said Daniel Howard.

Surveillance video shows chaos as the gunman opened fire outside the K-9 Supplies shipyard on Innes Avenue at around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.

“I was able to hit the bridge just in time. I was hit by a bullet. I thank God every day for still being there,” Howard told KTVU.

San Francisco Police said someone in a car pulled up in front of a security guard and another man on the street. The guard works in a cannabis store next door.

“The car rolled over them, pulled over right in front of my store and they just started pulling,” Howard said.

The two rushed into the pet store to escape. The guard tripped over a display table – and then headed for the bathroom.

“They came running in, trying to escape the gunfire and during the process my store was just riddled with bullets,” Howard said.

The guard quickly came out of the bathroom and realized he had been shot in the arm.

“He was like, ‘D, I’m hit, I’m hit, like calling somebody, doing something.’ “

The guard was taken to hospital.

Police say the gunman drove away. No arrests were made.

Howard and his family have run the business at Hunters Point for about four months.

The bullet holes and chaos, a stark contrast to furry baby photoshoots and birthday parties.

Howard says he had a thought when the shooter shot his store.

“Duck, like I want to go home with my family, you know? Today isn’t my day,” Howard said.

He says he’s glad his wife and kids weren’t here at the time.

He has a message for the shooter.

“I forgive you. I forgive you already,” he said.

But at the same time, “jumping and shooting, shooting our own people, just shooting in general, it doesn’t work for us. It doesn’t work for anyone,” he said.

Howard said he was grateful to the neighborhood for helping him clean up. A GofundMe originally created to help his family start the business accepts donations for repairs.


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