Police detain 3 men early Sunday morning at the corner of 24th and Lucky Streets following reports of a shooting.

Police responded to reports of a shooting in front of Taqueria Vallarta around 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, cordoning off a section of 24th Street between Folsom and Alabama.

Three males were seen handcuffed and seated at the corner of 24th and Lucky as police continued to search the area for the weapon.

Authorities said the men had been identified by the victim as having been involved or friends of those involved in the shooting, but the police has stop short of calling them suspects.

The victim was described as a Hispanic male in his early-20’s and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg. Officers said multiple shots were fired. Mission Loc@l was unable to confirm any other injuries or the victim’s condition, but Officer Albie Esparza said his injuries are not life-threatening, and he’s expected to survive.

There is no clear motive for the shooting, but one officer said there is some indication it might have been gang-related, something the victim is “firmly denying.”

At 5:00 a.m. the authorities had not yet found the weapon and officers continued to shine flashlights under cars and in trash bins lining 24th Street.

One officer explained that the crime scene was still so wide because they had not received sufficient back-up to secure the area. Other Mission District units reportedly made arrests in two separate robbery cases earlier in the night.

“We’re going to be out here for awhile,” said one officer.

An on-looker whose car was parked within the police perimeter said he’d attempted to retrieve it at about 4:15 a.m. when he arrived on scene, unaware of what was happening.

“They just told me ‘You’re going to have to give us a few minutes,” he said.

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3 Comments

  1. You should be careful about showing the faces of these guys. they have not been convicted. they are suspects who may or may have not been involved but by simply showing their faces, could have further ramifications along this 24th street corridor.

  2. Thank you for your comment. We were careful not to refer to these individuals as suspects, because you are right, they have not been tried or convicted, but simply detained. But they were also in plain view in front of neighbors and passers-by at the time. Still, this is an issue we definitely we considered when posting this story, and in fact is something we’ve debated before (http://missionlocal-newspack.newspackstaging.com/2010/05/shooting-on-shotwell).

  3. i was actually inside vallartas when the shooting began and i find it interesting that the police is are calling these guys suspect because when we left these guys were super upset about the shooting and were yelling to no one in particular that the shooter come back and try that again. i doubt these guys would have stuck around if they were the shooters.

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