SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A gunman opened fire on a group of people in the Chinatown area early today, killing one man and wounding seven other people, police reported.

The victims apparently were in a group, and they were fired upon just before 2 a.m. as they were getting into two cars a short distance apart.

The incidents occurred along the North Beach-Chinatown border.

It was uncertain whether there was more than one gunman, police said. Sgt. Jerry Senkir said at least three suspects were being sought.

The shooting recalled a 1977 massacre in a Chinatown restaurant that left five dead and 11 wounded. In that early morning assault, three men armed with semi-automatic rifles burst into the Golden Dragon restaurant and began shooting at a crowd of about 75.

That was part of bloody gang wars that raged in Chinatown during the 1970s.

Authorities declined to suggest a motive in today's shooting.

The dead man was identified by coroner's officials as an Asian male, about 35 years old. His name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

The wounded were taken to San Francisco General Hospital. One victim was a pregnant woman, who underwent surgery for a hip wound, said a nursing supervisor who did not give her name. Their names were not immediately released.