Greg Mahon woke up early this morning to what seemed like firecrackers. But after hearing screams and three to four rounds of rapid gunfire, he ran to his rooftop at 16th and Alabama to see what was going on.
“We saw other people on top of their building on Alabama and Mariposa Street,” said Mahon, a 42-year-old communications consultant who has lived in the same place for nearly four years. “They looked like they were right on top of it.”
The rounds came from a gunfight near the intersection of Florida and Mariposa between two suspects that ended with an innocent bystander shot in the leg, police said. The suspects were arrested and the victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooting marks the fifth gun-possession arrest this year between South Van Ness and Potrero Avenue in the north eastern Mission, according to the San Francisco Police Department’s crime reports.
The bar closest to the scene of the Sunday morning shooting is Circolo at 500 Florida St. El Rincon is several blocks away on 16th and Harrison.
Mahon said there have been three club-related shootings in the area in the past two years.
After a police officer was shot in the foot while breaking up a club fight last summer, El Rincon was forced to shut down for four months. Also, Whisper on Florida Street was closed in 2009 after several incidents, including one in which a bullet went through Circolo’s window.
Although Mahon is unsure of the cause of last night’s shooting, he blamed San Francisco’s Entertainment Commission for the club violence.
“The commission is biased in favor of the club owners,” he said. “There are club owners who are willing to abide by rules and maintain a decent attitude, and club owners that rent out to promoters that don’t have accountability to the community.”
Mahon said the commission needs to communicate more with the community to ensure that San Francisco’s club scene doesn’t attract gang violence in the future. Commissioners could not be reached for comment.
An earlier version of this story, based on the police account, reported that the firefight occurred at 16th and Alabama.