Neighbors on Camp Street, a quiet block near 16th and Guerrero Streets, were shocked to learn about a homicide on their street early Monday morning – the third one in the Mission in less than a week.
Police officers responding to a call about shots being fired at around 2:20 a.m. They found a man with gunshot wounds in the chest and the head, the Examiner reported. The victim, who hasn’t yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
It’s unclear if the shooting is related to the previous two shootings on Tuesday, which police said are gang-related. One involved an innocent victim.
Neighbors in the area said that the scene resembled a drug deal gone bad instead of a gang shooting.
Witnesses told police they heard an argument right before the shooting. They described hearing at least four shots, with brief pauses between each shot. Soon after, someone cried out for help.
The neighbors also said that drug-users occasionally go into Camp Street because it’s less busy than nearby Guerrero Street.
Michelle Milligan, 39, a resident in the block said that she has seen people shoot up on the street, but the drug using had not led to violence. She noted that there are usually people on the street at that time, as many bars around the area are open until 2 a.m.
Another resident who has lived there for 30 years, said that she used to call police often to remove drug dealers and users from the block. That, she said, had not been necessary for awhile.
“I feel weird,” she said. “It’s hitting too close to home.”