Residents on Edge After Weekend Shootings

A 19-year-old man was shot early Saturday on Shotwell near 24th Street.

A 19-year-old man was shot early Saturday on Shotwell near 24th Street.

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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.

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7 Comments

  1. Old Mission Neighbor

    “By: Hélène Goupil | April 1, 2012 – 7:00 am”

    “Customers waiting for brunch at Wise Sons Deli”

    Wise sons opens at 9am, and although it does get a line during peak hours, it’s not a 2 hour line at 7am.

    • Mark

      Perhaps that was on Saturday during the day? The time the story was filed or updated (this story was updated on Sunday April 1 at 9:12 a.m.) isn’t necessarily the time being referenced in the story itself.

      • Hilary

        People, you gotta read the entire sentence:
        “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.”
        Meaning, Wise Sons is across the street from where someone got shot the night before and people who were waiting for brunch didn’t know there was a shooting the night before.

  2. Unemployed Dragon

    wasn’t there some kind of injunction against a bunch of gangsters hanging out in that area? Looks like there’s a problem.

    • Bonnie

      I live near here and was up late reading when I heard gunshot Saturday night (4/31). I believe the first one was at 12:45 am the other one was sometime closer to 2:00 am.

  3. I was home Friday night and remember waking up twice to the sound of gunshots. The first time round of gunshots were immediately followed by the sound of sirens. I moved to the mission last May after living in West Portal for several years. Gunshots were almost a nightly occurrence. The violence always pics up during this time of year.

  4. tiritiritran tran tran

    24th St @ Shotwell and 24th St @ Capp ARE GANG AREAS!
    These corners are part of the reason of the gang injunction placed here. Both corner stores were always questioned by the neighbors adn police. The police knows the agang member living on Shotwell bet 24th and 25th…
    I well over 30 yrs old and I used to call my boyfriend to meet me half way, when I was returning from Bart late evenings (I was going to CCSF). The gangs take over the sidewalk right in front of the liquor store on Shotwell, and punk everyone passing by… they dont even move for a woman with a baby on a stroller.

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