In the Mission District’s third homicide this year, two people were killed in a Sunday afternoon shooting at Papa Potrero’s Pizza at 24th Street and Potrero Avenue. Police believe the shootings are gang related.
Both victims were shot in the restaurant, according to witnesses. One died in the hospital and another died on 24th Street between Hampshire and Potrero, according to witnesses.
Sgt. Wilfred Williams confirmed that two people had been shot and killed, and a third person sustained non-life threatening injuries and remains in the hospital.
Williams said that two suspects were in custody. He said that police were able to apprehend the suspects quickly because after Friday’s homicide, they put officers from the gang task force and undercover unit in the area.
One witness said he was inside the restaurant having a beer and pizza when an argument broke out. He saw bar stools flying, and he ran out of the bar when he heard someone say, call the police.
Outside, he and other witnesses heard four shots and watched an injured man run out of the bar and then fall near Hampshire Street. At 5:31 p.m., the body was still on 24th Street covered with a yellow tarp.
At 6:46 pm police removed the body from the scene.
Relatives of one of the victims gathered near the cordoned-off crime scene, hugged each other and cried.
The Department of Public Health’s crisis response unit were at the scene, and said they were the unit in charge of assisting the relatives of the victims.
Onlookers standing nearby talked about the victim as a 27-year-old man who had recently lost his mother. They declined to give any name or details and their information could not be independently confirmed.
Plain clothes and uniformed officers were interviewing witnesses and cordoned off the area up to Hampshire Street. Shattered glass littered the area outside the restaurant.
Police went to a house on 24th Street near Hampshire Street after 4 p.m. and appeared to arrest one man in his early 30s.
The shooting occurred soon after a hit and run crash at 3:40 p.m. near South Van Ness and 20th Streets, though it is unclear whether the two incidents are related.
The first murder in the Mission District this year occurred on Friday.