The 40-year-old man was standing in front of a building on the 3000 block of 16th Street, a stretch between Mission and Julian streets with at least four single room occupancy hotels.
A 20-something woman came up to him at 1:30 a.m. today and asked for help in getting to her room.
When they got to the room, the victim told police, two other people were there – another 20-something woman and a 29-year-old man.
There was another surprise. The woman in need of assistance had a gun, which she handed to the young man. He demanded that the 40-year-old smoke crystal meth. It must have seemed that there was no choice.
He smoked, but when the suspect put the gun down, the victim picked it up and attempted to shoot the younger man.
The gun failed to fire, but all three suspects turned on the victim. They took his cell phone, wallet, cash and cards and then fled.
No arrests have been made.
Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.
Victims of violent crime can contact the Trauma Recover Center at UCSF.