A father and son have been arrested after shooting a man they believed robbed the boy on his way to school, police said.
The 16-year-old boy, whose name was not released because of his
age, was walking to school on Aug. 31 when Ladaris Greer, 19, accosted him and stole his gold chain, according to police.
The boy then called his father who showed up armed, police said.
Acie Parnell Green then ran over the suspected robber in the family car and then urged his son to shoot the prone man in the street.
Authorities say he did.
The man survived and both father and son now face attempted murder charges.
"It's kind of a little bit of an overview of how things are going on out there - the way these kids are running amok," San Francisco Police Inspector Robert McMillan of the police gang task force told the San Francisco Chronicle.
"When you do have a father figure involved, and he is encouraging them to do these things, it's pretty sad."
Green, who is in custody on $500,000 bail, has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault, hit-and-run driving, weapons possession and cocaine possession in the case.
Green's public defender, Stephen Rosen, doesn't dispute his client's involvement, just its characterization.
"This is a case of a father attempting to protect his son by attempting to capture and bring to justice people who had robbed the young man," Rosen said.
"He and the son were attempting to rectify the situation."
The boy has been charged in juvenile court with attempted murder and other crimes. His lawyer, George Lazarus, refused to comment.
Prosecutors will ask a judge to decide whether he should be tried as an adult.