On Friday night at around 11:30, Linda was inside her apartment just two blocks from 16th and Albion when she heard a gunshot. She was frightened, and knew she should not leave her building.
The shot she heard would leave a 24-year-old man in life-threatening condition, shot in the head after a physical altercation with multiple suspects, police said.
That such a violent incident could happen in a heavily trafficked corridor at a time when many are out at bars and restaurants for the evening has upset some local residents. For most bars and shops nearby, however, it’s business as usual.
“It’s getting scary,” said Linda, who declined to give her last name. After Friday’s shooting, she quit her telemarketing job near Civic Center because she was too afraid to walk home from BART at night. This is the second late-evening shooting this year along the busy 16th Street corridor.
Linda, who has lived in the area for 12 years, said that as recently as five years ago she felt comfortable stepping out at 2 a.m. to buy cigarettes. “Now my limit is 8 or 9 p.m., whenever the sun goes down.”
But Davin Coffey, who works at Idol Vintage overlooking 16th and Albion streets, said his nerves are far from rattled. If you mind your own business, he said, trouble is less likely to find you. “I feel like shootings happen if you make yourself available to them.”
Most businesses reported that there has been little change in foot traffic since Friday night. “If anything, we did the same or more business on Saturday,” said Travis Campbell, a manager and bartender at Monk’s Kettle on 16th Street. Daniel Hawkins, a bartender at nearby Gestalt, agreed.
Some blame the area’s high density of bars for the violence. Adobe Bookshop owner Charles McKinley, who also has seen no measurable difference in business since the shooting, said that bars “attract the wrong crowd.”
Resident Charles Beauvais, who has lived in the area for eight years and is currently a tenant of the 16th Street Hotel, said: “The young guys, they drink and they become yahoos, start yelling at each other. You yell that stuff at someone, you’re likely to catch one.”
On Friday night, officers responded to reports of gunshots and found the victim, a San Francisco resident, outside when they arrived at the scene.
Police blocked off 16th Street between Valencia and Guerrero while they collected evidence. A pool of blood was visible on the pavement.
The gang task force and the criminal investigative unit have been reviewing surveillance footage from nearby security cameras.
A witness who declined to give his name told Mission Local he saw the victim lying face down on the pavement while another man — presumably a friend — lay on top of him, crying.
“It was definitely not the shooter,” the witness said.
No suspects have been identified. Anyone with information is being asked to call the confidential tip line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 (847411) with “SFPD” in the subject line.