Note: Revised Oct. 22 to reflect updated information on victim’s age.
Hours after a fatal shooting, three people were taken into custody on the same stretch of Mission Street between 16th and 17th streets where a 32-year-old man was struck down. Officers on the scene refused to comment on whether the arrests were related to the earlier shooting.
Police first responded to a shooting at 16th Street and Mission at 2:18 a.m. Sunday. The victim, whose name has not been released, was transported to San Francisco General Hospital but died soon after arriving, according to police.
At 1 p.m. Sunday, police officers detained two men outside the 16th Street plaza. The two men remained silent as police officers escorted them into the back of a police car. One man wore a hoodie over his head, partially obscuring his face.
Minutes after the two men were detained, a third suspect in handcuffs was led across Mission Street between 16th and 17th streets by two men wearing suits and blue latex gloves. The woman, wearing a blue and white striped zip-up hoodie with her hair in a ponytail, was escorted into the backseat of a silver Taurus.
“I heard it was over someone defending a girl,” Dave, who refused to give his last name, said of the homicide. He explained that when he arrived at the corner this morning, he observed the evidence team taking pictures and tagging the position of the bullet discharges.
Imad Ali, an employee at Apple Market which is adjacent to 16th Street plaza said he had witnessed the police detain the suspects. “The cops came from around the corner and they had the two guys with them. One was black and one was white, both with long hair. There were four cops and they were searching the two guys.”
Adil Elmakazoumi, owner of La Mission Market on the corner of 17th and Mission, said that the police had stopped by earlier asking to see the footage from his store’s cameras. They were unable to pull anything from the footage because the cameras are used for in-house monitoring and do not record.
Elmakazoumi added, “Is it just my imagination, or is crime getting worse?”
Today’s shooting was the sixth homicide in the Mission in 2013, as compared to six to date in 2012 and four in 2011. Earlier this month, we compiled data from the San Francisco Police Department on violent crime, aggravated assault, and rape in the Mission over the past five years. Learn more here.
Police issued an update at 1:58 p.m. saying that they were canvassing the area for witnesses. “Anyone with information is encouraged to call Homicide investigators at 415-553-1145 or the anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444,” police asked.