SAN FRANCISCO—Two tourists walking along the Golden Gate Bridge were struck with blow darts on Friday, February 12. The male victim was struck in the thigh at approximately 2:45 p.m., and approached a California Highway Patrol officer who had been patrolling the bridge on bicycle duty. According to reports, the individual had been near the Vista Point parking lot where the dart had struck him, penetrated his jeans, and sunk about two inches into the man’s thigh.
As emergency personnel arrived at the scene to evaluate the man’s injury, another woman approached the group and disclosed she was struck by an identical dart in her knee.
CHP officials released a picture of the five-inch dart, showing the span to be almost the length of a pen. Authorities have determined this to be a random act of recklessness. Officers believe the suspect fired the darts from a vehicle while driving on the bridge. Both victims were struck on the same side of the bridge.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, CHP spokesman Andrew Barclay said “I’ve never heard of something like this. It seems very random, and it doesn’t appear that either of the victims was targeted for any reason specifically. Neither of them had any arguments.”
According to reports, the darts have been taken by police as evidence and will be tested for chemicals or substances that may be considered harmful. Both victims were released by paramedics at the scene after a thorough evaluation. CHP officers will continue with investigation and review surveillance footage to see if they can find any leads regarding the identity or vehicle of the suspects.
Anyone with relevant information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol’s office in the Marin area at (415) 924-1100.