A 32-year-old-man is in serious but stable condition after a shooting Sunday night at 26th and Harrison streets near Garfield Park, police reported this afternoon.
Earlier, police reported that the victim’s condition was life-threatening.
Police said the shooting occurred at 9:13 p.m. Witnesses told police they saw someone chasing the victim on Harrison north toward 26th. The suspect then shot the victim in the back several times. Police initially reported that the weapon was a semiautomatic gun, but this afternoon said they were not sure what type of weapon it was.
The suspect then jumped into a black four-door vehicle and sped away.
One witness said he saw the victim trying to crawl around on the southwest corner of 26th and Harrison. The victim, who the witness described as a bald Hispanic man with tattoos on his arms, remained still after onlookers told him to hold on until the ambulance arrived.
Neighbors said they heard five or six shots fired in rapid succession. About 10 minutes later, one neighbor estimates, police and an ambulance arrived.
Other witnesses, including two men in their early 20s, said number of shots was closer to 10.
These witnesses say the shooting was gang-related. “This is a red and blue thing,” one man said, referring to the Norteño and Sureño Latino gangs.
The police said it is not clear whether gangs were involved, but the gang task force is investigating the shooting.
Jin Chen, who has lived nearby since 1989, said it has been about five years since he’s heard shots here, but this time was different. He’s never heard someone being shot and, in this case, possibly killed.
This is the first life-threatening shooting since the one at Valencia Gardens on September 19. There have been three homicides in the Mission since August 30, when 22-year-old Gaspar Puch-tzek was murdered outside of Hog & Rocks.
The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. According to police, no suspect has been arrested, and no description is yet available.
We will update this story as we have more information.