Man Fatally Shot at 21st and Bartlett

The unidentified man died in the middle on the road just beyond the police tape. Photo by Andra Cernavskis

The unidentified man died in the middle on the road just beyond the police tape. Photo by Andra Cernavskis

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.

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30 Comments

  1. ThatGuy

    Can we stay on topic please? We’re still on the “keep blighted buildings” and “don’t evict $400/month moochers”. Focus!

    K thx.

    • Blurpy

      Didn’t you know? White tech working hipsters are shooting and robbing all over the Mission. Can’t believe what’s become of this neighborhood!

      • endangered species

        So Blurpy, It seems that the only 2 options for the Mission that can fit in your mind are A) violent anarchy and B) rich techie monoculture.

        I’ll take C) a safe, class-mixed, race-mixed, culturally diverse ecosystem. A place where lots of kinds of people do lots of kinds of things.

      • HoofHearted

        The Mission Crime Lottery TM is an institution. We need to preserve this for generations to come. Don’t let the tech hipsters ruin this tradition!

  2. frank

    “That defeats the purpose,” Martinez said. He said he performs this action “to let [the deceased] know someone was thinking about them. It could be your father, your brother, or your uncle.”

    What really defeats the purpose is not fixing this in the neighborhood. So, it happens again and again.

  3. Christine

    Nothing about the car accident that happened on South Van Ness and 16th St on Saturday night? The whole block was closed off for hours.

  4. aztechie

    Rest In Peace to the deceased. You yuppie hipsters can really have no clue on how to comport yourselves in the face of freshly reported tragedy.

  5. SF citizen

    (As usual)… HOW COME THIS IMPORTANT CRIME NEWS IS NOT DISPLAYED OR PUBLISHED ON THE SFGATE.COM = SF Chronicle website ???

  6. SF citizen

    (As usual)…
    HOW COME THIS IMPORTANT CRIME NEWS (HOMICIDE incident) IS NOT DISPLAYED or PUBLISHED ON THE SFGATE.com mainpage site => the SF Chronicle website (and this news is not even appearing in the SFGATE.com “Crime section” ???

    Instead of crucial SF crime news, the Chronicle website is reporting about crime in OTHER cities & states,
    while SFPD & the SF Chronicle (SFGATE.com) try to pretend that there’s not crime in San Francisco –
    while DELIBERATELY ignoring, avoiding, hiding any significant crime news — and EVADING any substantive reporting !!!

    • SF citizen

      SF Chronicle (SFGATE.com) needs to actually report significant local news, including MAJOR CRIMES in SF (including homicides) — instead of trying to avoid publishing relevant news !
      DO YOU JOB, SF CHRONICLE STAFF AND REPORT WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING IN SAN FRANCISCO !

    • SF citizen

      The SF Chronicle (SFGate.com) website lavishly displays TRIVIA, DRIVEL, INCONSEQUENTIAL NEWS, TRITE CRAP, CELEBRITY GOSSIP and worthless ridiculous or waste-of-space NON-news !

      HOWEVER, when there is IMPORTANT city & neighborhood news, such as MAJOR CRIMES (including Homicides) — the SFPD & the Chronicle cover-uppers seem to always be OUT TO LUNCH !

      DO YOUR JOB TO INFORM RESIDENTS OF ACTUAL & FACTUAL substantial NEWS !

      • Hank

        I have been following this story because it happened around the corner from my apartment. I heard the gunshots in the middle of the night, and it scared me.

        That said, reporting the news, like anything, is a matter of priorities and allocating finite resources to cover the priorities. The BART strike is not drivel. It is an evolving story that is coming to a head now after months in the making, with implications for many people, transportation, labor unions, the local economy, health care costs, etc. On a slower news day, maybe this tragic shooting would be more of a priority as a news story. Certainly for the people directly affected, this is the utmost priority and a life-altering event. But, frankly, if I did not hear gunshots in the middle of night, I would not have known and it would not have much impact on me.

        And, if you don’t like drivel-to-news ratio, then don’t count on the Chronicle to report the news you want. Find publications which are reporting what you want. The Chron is a dying newspaper struggling to reinvent because there are a plethora of news sources vying for your attention. Surely your time is better spent trying to find those than ranting about a dinosaur looking up at a descending meteor.

    • HoofHearted

      SFGATE.com – lol

  7. Kevin

    I applaud Robert Martinez’s gesture.

    And just an FYI that not all white people who live in the Mission are techies or hipsters or yuppies.

  8. InSF

    Dat ok. That’s why we have this wonderful bog.

  9. Valenchia

    I am surprised that there hasn’t been any follow up on this. When I walked by this afternoon, there were a number of people hanging out at the scene. A real reporter might have been able to get some iformation from them.
    Anyway, this is very sad for the people involved and for the neighborhood.

  10. Rob

    The deceased was a San Francisco native, a native of the Mission District and a resident of my neighborhood. I don’t know the specifics of what happened but I would appreciate everyone respecting his life and say prayers for his family.

    • Na

      R.I.P MOE ONE LOVE MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO TO YOUR FAMILY I PRAY FOR YOU AND ALWAYS KEEP U IN MY PRAYERS!! Droe

  11. Mission Local

    So they are building brand new condos in the middle of grime and dirt?
    Yeah been to that area…. pretty disgusting with weed smoke and gansta wannabe’s
    sure let me pay 1 million for a condo!
    sign me up!

  12. Yup

    I know who the guy was. I know for a fact that he was a drug dealer and even bragged about having killed people himself. He perpetuated a culture of crime and violence in the Mission and helped maintain an atmosphere in which regular people are forced daily to fear for their safety within their own community.
    This event is a tragedy of course, but I reserve my sympathy for his family and those he hurt over the course of his life.

    • You have no idea what you are talking about!!! SPEAK FACTS NOT FICTION!! IF YOU KNEW HIM, MAURICE WHITE THAT IS, YOU WOULD KNOW HE WAS LOVING CARING AND WOULD HELP ANYONE OUT EVEN A STRANGER!!! Don’t SPREAD LIES THAT CAN COME BAK ON YOU!! REST IN PARADISE MO MO WE LOVE U CUZ!!

    • Dahlia

      You obviously didn’t know him…. He’s an amazing man and will be loved and missed always. I can’t believe that you can say such b.s. I’ve known him for many years and am not from the neighborhood but always felt welcomed and safe with him. what do you mean regular people??are fearful? Your comment is disgustingly false.

  13. hannabelleSF

    I know this is totally off topic. I hope that this man rests in peace…

    It’s funny that people are accusing other people of running around shooting and robbing each other — the reason is because families are being evicted and pushed into their enemies territories. Yah, it sounds eff’d up to mention that there are gangs, but yes, they exist and always have and always will until we find a better solution than pointing fingers at each other and calling each other bad.

    This reminds me about the white men kicking Native Americans out of their land….hmmmm. Families that have been living in the Mission pay $400/month while the new tenants are coming in paying triple ++, so what. It’s called GRANDFATHER CONTRACT.

    We need to stop kicking people out of homes that rightfully belong to them, and stop pushing Northerners into Southern territory and vice versa. Focus on education and family programs to keep kids out of gangs. Oh and stop painting over the Mexican murals. Please.

  14. GOB

    Love you Reese. See you when I get there.

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