Update: Arrests Made in 16th Street Triple Shooting

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Update: Police have said that the shootings early Tuesday morning appear to be part of an attempted robbery. Three suspects were apprehended and booked at the San Francisco county jail.

A triple shooting occurred at 16th and Mission streets at about 3:50 a.m. on Tuesday, police said. Initial police reports of the incident were from the area of 16th and Rondel streets. A 46-year-old man was shot in the torso and suffered a life-threatening injury, and a 40-year-old man and 47-year-old man each suffered gunshot wounds to the legs that were not life-threatening.

The suspects involved in the shootings are Larry Carr, 34, Jason Whittenburg, 30, and George Vickers, 33, all residents of San Francisco. The three men were arrested and booked on multiple felonies, including attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of an illegal firearm and evading the police.

The suspects drove into the area, exited their vehicle, and then approached the three victims and shot them, police said. The shooters fled the area in a black Mercedes station wagon.

Police officers located the vehicle with the suspects at Gilman Ave and 3rd Street in the Bayview. The suspects did not stop, and police pursued the vehicle. The chase ended when the suspect vehicle collided with parked cars.

When an officer exited his car, the suspect driving the vehicle backed into the patrol car, which injured the officer. The officer suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and he was transported to a hospital.

Two firearms were located in the vehicle, according to police. Police found another firearm on the roadway on Fitzgerald Ave between Ingalls and Hawes streets that they believed was used in the shooting.

The three victims were transported to a San Francisco General Hospital. The suspects were also treated at a hospital after complaining of pain as a result of the vehicle collision.

Law enforcement investigators planned to follow up on other robbery cases to identify whether they are related to Tuesday’s incident.

The block where this incident occurred is also the site of previous gun violence in the past year. Nineteen-year-old Jose Escobar was shot and killed at 16th and Caledonia Streets in October 2012. A 24-year-old Sacramento man, Lorenzo Jimenez, was shot nearby at 16th and Albion in June 2012.

Correction: Police spokesperson Gordon Shyy initially stated that the recent shootings occurred at 16th and Rondel streets, but he has since corrected that to say that the incident was near 16th and Mission streets. This story has been changed to reflect that.

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11 Comments

  1. Mister Big

    This is all just 1-2 blocks from the Mission Police Station on Valencia/17th. This area has been trouble for ten years. What is the SFPD strategy for dealing with the violence in this area? Or are they viewing it as some kind of containment zone?

    • Blurpy

      It’s been trouble for way more than just 10 years. When you have 75% of your police force living outside of San Francisco, there’s less investment in the community you are supposedly tasked with “protecting and serving.”

      And yes, 16th/Mission is a containment zone, as is 6th/Mission/Market and most of the Tenderloin. So long as you have people clamoring to live in San Francisco at any cost, despite the filth and crime, nothing will be done about this.

      • Jayson

        Actually, ten years ago, the Mission was much worse, as far as violence. It has gotten much better over the last decade…

    • John

      If you want these people to stop doing what they were doing, take away the revenue dollars that keep them in business.

      Make sure that you and your neighbors do not spend any money on the street corner vice businesses.

      Without this money, there isn’t a lucrative business to fight over. They’ll move on, hopefully to legitimate work.

    • mark

      And far worse 20, 30 years ago. The area north of 16th to Duboce and east from Valencia to Folsom (more or less) was known as the Devi’s Quadrangle. At one point, claimed the highest murder rate in the country

  2. PackofLies

    I don’t think we are allowed to talk about why 16th and Mission is a special district.

  3. Trumped up

    What does that mean?

  4. Liam

    What a shame Mission Local can’t get it right. This shooting did NOT happen at 16th/Rondel. It happened across the street from McDonalds at 16th/Mission. It’s a shame so many other news outlets pick up Mission Locals misreported version of events. If they got it right they could have brought attention to the MENACE that IS 16th/Mission instead of bringing down the property values of the homes on Rondel Place.
    Irresponsible reporting!

    • Tay Wiles Post author

      Thank you for your comment, Liam. A police spokesperson initially reported that the shootings occurred at 16th and Rondel streets. He has since corrected that to say that, though he originally received police reports that said Rondel, the incident in fact happened at Mission and 16th streets. This story has been corrected to reflect that. Thank you for reading and identifying the error.

  5. Salsa Shark

    There’s a petition to clean up 16th & Mission being circulated online.

    http://uptownalmanac.com/2013/06/16th-street

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