A gunfight that broke out early this afternoon on Harrison Street near 24th ended with one male victim in the hospital and bullet casings littering the street, according to police and witnesses.
The incident began at around 12:15 p.m., when the suspect approached the victim on the 2800 block of Harrison Street and fired a 9mm gun several times, said Officer Albie Esparza, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department.
The victim was wounded in the chest.
Witnesses on the scene said that a friend of the victim returned fire as the suspect fled on foot, running south down Harrison and then west on 25th Street.
“There are a lot of Norteños in this block,” said a witness who lives nearby and heard the shots.
“I saw a black vehicle speed away after the shots,” said another neighbor, who didn’t want to give his name for fear of reprisals. The vehicle turned out to be the victim’s friend rushing him to the hospital. The victim is expected to survive.
“I am glad they are killing each other,” said another resident of the area. “That place is always packed with Norteños.”
The suspect was described as a male in his mid-20s. He was wearing a black sweatshirt at the time of the gunfight.
Esparza said that the incident is being investigated by the gang task force, but he could not confirm at this point if it was gang-related.
A shooting early Saturday morning on 17th and Mission left 24-year-old Aldo Troncoso dead. Friends have kept vigil at a memorial set up at the site, and several fights have broken out there, but no one has been arrested.
“At this point we don’t know if this is related to other incidents,” Esparza said, referring to the homicide on Saturday and a stabbing earlier on Saturday morning.
Esparza said there has been a spike in violence during the past week, and assured Mission Loc@l that SFPD has been redeploying forces to curb the violence. “Our number-one priority is public safety,” he said.