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• 3 HOSPITALIZED SAN FRANCISCO NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three men have been hospitalized after an early Saturday morning shooting in a nightclub in San Francisco’s South of Market area, police said.

The three were hit by gunfire after an argument between two men at a club called 330 Ritch at around 1:15 a.m., said Officer Carlos Manfredi, a San Francisco police spokesman.

One of the men was in critical condition, while the two others suffered non-life threatening injuries, Manfredi said. Their names have not been released.

Investigators have not determined what sparked the shooting or how many shots were fired. But KTVU-TV reported that the shooting started inside the club after two men were involved in an argument. The shooting continued outside, with club-goers running for cover.

A witness, Tyresa Leader, described a chaotic scene when the shooting started.

“One girl yelled, ‘Oh my God, he’s got a gun,’” she told the station.

“My friend grabbed me, pulled me, before you know it shots were fired. People were down. People were screaming. People running in and out of the club. Blood on the floor, people falling, people screaming.”

It was not clear if the three men shot were the intended targets or bystanders.

Investigators had not identified a suspect, but were checking nearby businesses to see if the shooting was recorded on surveillance tape, Manfredi said.

The club is located on a narrow side street, about one block from AT&T Park. The nightclub’s phones were constantly busy Saturday and an email to the club by The Associated Press seeking comment was not immediately returned.

• 4 PEOPLE RESCUED FROM GROUNDED BOAT IN SF BAY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Coast Guard has rescued four people and a dog when their 17-foot boat ran aground in San Francisco Bay.

Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie says the boat ran aground somewhere between the San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges on Saturday.

McKenzie said the boat wasn’t properly equipped to pinpoint its position in the waters, so the Coast Guard worked with the caller on the boat to determine its whereabouts.

A rescue boat deployed to the scene wasn’t able to get to the grounded vessel because of the shallow water and low tide, so rescuers on a helicopter hoisted the group to nearby San Carlos.

A child, two teenagers, a man and a dog were among those rescued.

• TIGER BORN AT SAN FRANCISCO ZOO DELIGHTS VISITORS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A tiger cub born last month at the San Francisco Zoo is delighting zoo visitors this weekend with her first public appearances.

A 5-week-old Sumatran tiger cub dubbed simply “The Cub” by her keepers has been on view to throngs of admiring zoogoers Saturday and Sunday. Until Saturday, the cub had been kept out of the public’s view so she and her mother could spend time bonding.

Because the cub spends about 20 hours a day sleeping, and because she’s not used to crowd noises, zoo officials have established a live webcam so that visitors can see the cub during its lengthy nap times, as well as when it’s awake, but still in its nest box with mom.

Eventually, as the cub gets more accustomed to people, it will be allowed to spend more time on public display.

• MAN SHOT WHEN DEPUTIES SAY HE POINTED FAKE GUN: CASTRO VALLEY  (AP) — A 49-year-old Castro Valley man is hospitalized after being shot by an Alameda County sheriff’s sergeant after authorities say the man pointed a fake gun at deputies.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports deputies were called to a home in Castro Valley around 7 p.m. Friday by family members who said the man was being abusive.

Investigators say the man also called the sheriff’s office saying he would shoot any deputies who came to the home.

When an armored sheriff’s vehicle arrived, authorities say a sergeant stationed at a porthole on the vehicle opened fire when the suspect pointed what appeared to be a gun at deputies.

Deputies later determined that the man had been holding a fake gun made of wood, with a handle to resemble a rifle.

The man, whose name has not been released, underwent surgery at a local hospital.

• HAYWARD SOLDIER DIES IN AFGHANISTAN: HAYWARD  (AP) — Military officials say a soldier from Hayward has died from wounds he suffered last week in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says Sgt. 1st Class James Grissom died Thursday from wounds he received from small arms fire on March 18 in the Paktika province of the country.

The province is in remote southeast Afghanistan bordering Pakistan.

The military says the 31-year-old Grissom was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group.