Police said today that the 24-year-old victim in the early-morning shooting Saturday at 17th and Mission streets died from gunshot wounds two hours later at San Francisco General Hospital.
By noon today, friends and family had erected a memorial to the victim, Aldo, known as Trigger. No one knew, or would give, his last name.
Sage burned and a dozen candles guarded the victim’s image: the face of a handsome young man smiling and throwing a finger, seemingly in jest. A few flowers decorated the altar on the northwest corner of Mission Street.
“He was just a real good person,” said one friend. Another added, “Basically, he was like everyone else.”
The incident took place at around 2 a.m. When police arrived on the scene, the victim was lying in the middle of the street. He was still alive, and was taken to the hospital, where he died at around 4:30 a.m., said Sgt. Michael Andraychak.
One witness told police he saw a black SUV leaving the scene.
Friends said the victim was very young, maybe 22 or 23 years old. “He was just a normal guy,” said a third young man at the memorial, where most of the visitors declined to talk. “Everyone is still in shock.”
The gang task force has been brought into the investigation, but so far there are no suspects and no one knows if the shooting was gang-related.
Sgt. Andraychak said police do not think there is any connection between the shooting and a stabbing at 1:50 a.m. Saturday morning at 16th and Mission.
The SFPD’s anonymous tip line is 415-575-4444.