A 24-year-old man who was shot late Friday on 16th Street near Albion has died, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Lorenzo Jimenez, a resident of Sacramento, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and later died of his injuries.
A person who was close to the victim said Jimenez was brain-dead by the time he got to the hospital, but that he was kept alive on life support until yesterday so the family could say goodbye.
Police said that prior to the shooting there was a physical altercation involving the victim and multiple suspects. The fight broke out over the fact that Jimenez was not from San Francisco, according to the woman close to Jimenez, who declined to be identified.
Jimenez was with several friends inside the Double Dutch bar when he was confronted by five to ten men, police said in a statement seeking the public’s help in finding the suspects.
“After leaving the bar, Jimenez was viciously beaten by this group of men in an unprovoked attack. During the attack, one of the assailants produced a handgun and shot Jimenez, leaving him mortally wounded,” the report states.
“He wasn’t a troublemaker. It was just kids trying to be cool,” said the woman who was close to Jimenez, adding that he worked throughout the week at a club in the city.
“It’s hard because we didn’t expect any of this to happen,” she said. ”We feel angry because there was no reason for it and sad because he’s no longer with us.”
The gang task force and the criminal investigative unit have been reviewing surveillance footage from nearby security cameras. Many residents were shocked that the violent incident happened in a heavily trafficked corridor at a time when many people are out and about in the neighborhood, visiting bars and restaurants.
“It’s getting scary,” said Linda, who declined to give her last name. After Friday’s shooting, she quit her job near Civic Center because she was afraid to walk home from BART at night. This is the second late-evening shooting this year along the busy 16th Street corridor.
“He had the biggest heart I’ve ever seen in my life,” said the woman who was close to Jimenez. He was very close to his family, she said, and is survived by his parents and two siblings.
“It’s crazy to think he’s not here, because he kept a lot of people together.”
This is the Mission’s third homicide this year.
No suspects have been identified. Police believe there are many in the area who may have witnessed the incident or seen the suspects. 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.