San Francisco police say they have arrested Sterling Samm, a 20-year-old San Pablo man, and a 14-year-old boy in connection with a fatal shooting at 20th Street and South Van Ness Avenue early Tuesday.
Shortly past midnight, officers responded to reports of a man lying in the street and found the victim, a 20-year-old man whose name has not been released, suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. He was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
After interviewing witnesses, officers detained four people in the area of 21st and Folsom streets. Officers canvassing the area found two handguns and several discarded articles of clothing on Shotwell Street near 20th.
The suspects were booked on charges of murder and firearms possession at the San Francisco County Jail and the Juvenile Justice Center.
Jon Morley, who lives nearby, told Mission Local that he was sleeping when he heard two or three shots. A minute or so later he went to the window.
“Sunday was a very loud night in the Mission with the Giants’ victory, so when I heard the loud noise at midnight last night I hoped it was leftover fireworks or something,” he said.
From his window, he saw a man trying to help the victim.
“I saw the victim resting against the tree. From the moment I saw him he was immobile,” Morley said. “He didn’t move under his own power. I thought he was already dead. He had a fair amount of blood on him; he did not look in a good way.”
“It happened very fast,” Morley said. “The police arrived very quickly, in under five minutes. As far as the city’s response, I was impressed, but it was a sad thing to see. I don’t think anything could have been done, at the speed with which they got to him and got him out of there.”
This is the 10th homicide recorded this year by Mission Station, which covers the Mission, Noe Valley and Castro neighborhoods. The station has not recorded homicides in the double digits since 2008, when there were 18.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call Inspector Dedet, Inspector Velarde or Sgt. Warnke of the Homicide Detail at 415-553-1145 or the anonymous tip line, 415-575-4444; or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.
We will update this story as we get more information.