A gunfight broke out on Shotwell Street at 7 p.m. Sunday night and ended minutes later after someone shot one young man in his lower leg and then pursued him down the block to George’s Market on the corner of 24th and Shotwell streets.
The victim ran into George’s and the shooter took off, according to police who declined to give a name for the victim.
George’s was blocked off and no one inside could be reached for comment. Within 30 minutes of the shooting, police had rounded up at least eight young men on Shotwell and Mission Streets and had detained them for questioning.
“All of a sudden, we heard bang, bang bang,” said one young boy who stood outside of his family’s home on Shotwell Street watching the dozen or so police at the crime scene. Neighbors said they heard eight to nine shots.
Witnesses on the street said that when the ambulance picked the victim up he appeared to have only a minor injury. “His eyes were open and he waved goodbye to someone,” said Peter Guerrero who has lived on the block since 1994.
“I knew it was going to happen,” added Guerrero who said that something had been brewing since Saturday night. “You could just feel it. The way the kids act, all the posturing, the jungle boogie.”
Another neighbor said that it was the perfect storm: an argument, alcohol, yelling.
One neighbor, who asked not be to be identified, said the corner of Shotwell and 24th is “the exact same spot where the shooting happened last year.”
It was unclear if the fight was gang related. One neighbor said the victim was covered in tattoos. “Everyone’s got tattoos,” said another neighbor.
Police detained eight men who fit the description of the suspect: a male dressed in a white shirt and dark pants. Four were lined up on Shotwell, sitting with their backs against the wall, their legs stretched out in front.
Another four men sat on the sidewalk outside of McDonald’s on 24th and Mission streets.