Never look anyone in the eye—it’s a bit of city wisdom I’ve always thought exceedingly unfriendly. It’s advice one 34-year-old might have heeded on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. when he walked out of a store at Mission and 20th and noticed a suspect at a bus stop staring at him.

Perhaps he should have walked on. Instead, police reported, the victim confronted the 28-year-old suspect, and they got into a verbal fight that “turned physical.”

The suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim “on the torso and a leg.”

The victim ran south on Mission Street and then drove himself to San Francisco General Hospital, where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Later Thursday at 11:30 p.m., a 56-year-old woman was walking near 17th and Alabama streets when two 20-something men approached her and “demanded her property,” police reported.

Apparently she said no and the suspects forced her to the ground, grabbed what they wanted—a cell phone and her keys—and fled the scene on foot.

At 3 a.m. today two teenage-something males approached a 28-year-old at a bus stop at 16th and Mission streets and asked for some money. The victim gave one of the suspects “a small amount of money” and the suspects walked way. When they returned, they pulled out a handgun and asked for the victim’s property again.

This time, the victim handed over his cash and cell phone and the suspects fled.

Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.

Victims of violent crime can contact the Trauma Recover Center at UCSF.