A man was shot and killed at 21st and Bartlett streets at 4:30 a.m. on Monday. The police had closed off the area surrounding the shooting, with the block of Bartlett between 21st and 22nd still closed at 8:30 a.m.
Police found the man in the middle of the street suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to Officer Gordon Shyy, the public information officer. They performed CPR, but the man died while laying on the road between 21st and 22nd streets on Bartlett.
The medical examiner removed the body around 7 a.m. Police were on the scene for hours, and canvassed the immediate neighborhood looking for a suspect. The deceased’s identity has not been released. Police said it is unlikely that the shooting occured in the street, but they still do not know where the conflict began.
Construction workers were scheduled to begin work in a pit in the middle of 21st and 22nd between Bartlett and Mission streets at 7 a.m., but as of 8: 30 a.m., police still had not allowed them through. The work is on a major condo project going up at the site where Giant Value once existed.
Robert Martinez, a local resident, showed up at the scene at 8:20 a.m. to light a candle close to where the body was found. He did not know the man, but has performed this ritual for other murders. The police told him to come back in an hour.
“That defeats the purpose,” Martinez said. He said he lights candles “to let [the deceased] know someone was thinking about them. It could be your father, your brother, or your uncle.”
“There is no further info on the homicide we can provide,” Shyy said in an email. “This is an active and ongoing investigation.”
If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are advised to call the SFPD.
More information to come.