Two early-morning shootings near 24th Street on Friday and Saturday, and one shooting Saturday night near 22nd and York streets have left residents worried about their safety.
“It was sketchy [20 years ago],” said a resident who moved to Shotwell Street then, “then for a while it was really quiet, but lately it seems edgier.”
The first shooting, at about 1 a.m. on Friday at Capp and 24th streets, injured a 23-year-old man. Then on Saturday, a 19-year-old man was shot at 1:36 a.m. at Shotwell and 24th streets, police said. On Saturday night at 11:35 p.m. near 22nd and York streets, a man in his late teens suffered a gunshot wound to the finger. In the three cases, the victims’ injuries were not life-threatening.
The shootings come on the heels of the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Ronald Monzon on Shotwell Street near 23rd on March 10.
The gunshots woke several residents on Saturday.
“I heard what sounded like two or three gunshots, a pause of a minute or so and a single shot,” one resident said.
“I just heard the sirens vaguely, I was sleeping,” Shotwell resident Justin Fraser said.
Across the street from the site of the Saturday morning shooting, customers waiting for brunch at Wise Sons Deli were unaware of what had happened. However, the recent crime has left residents concerned about their safety.
“I work late, and when you take the last BART you walk by groups of young people, they bump into you, it’s unnerving,” said a resident who wished to remain anonymous.
One father who has lived on Shotwell for 16 years said he insists on picking up his 18-year-old and 15-year-old daughters from BART.
“I pick up my girls from BART whether it’s in the afternoon or in the evening,” said Doug Wildman. “It’s not ideal getting to BART,” he added, explaining that he’d rather have his daughters walk along 25th Street because it feels safer.
Anna Tom, who has lived on the same block for eight years, agreed.
“I don’t usually walk around here. I go down 25th Street,” she said, adding that it felt safer.
On Capp Street, business owners didn’t seem as worried. Apart from fights from time to time, they haven’t seen any crime on their block, they said.
“This is not a gang corner,” said a business owner who preferred to remain anonymous.
The “only people hanging around really are a few young kids after school, and they are mainly on the move,” he said.
Although police haven’t disclosed any description of the suspects at this time, three people are being sought in the Shotwell Street shooting and one suspect is being sought in the Capp Street shooting.
This story was updated on Sunday April 1 at 9:12 a.m. Liz Melchor contributed to this story.