Fans clash while jumping at the fire. Photo by Rigoberto Hernandez.

Updated October 30, 11:43 a.m.

As soon as the Giants won their third Word Series in five years Wednesday night, the Mission went wild. While it began jovial enough with an impromptu parade down 24th Street and the crowds filling BART plazas, the celebration led to significant violence.

Fans set multiple bonfires along Mission Street. One person was injured by a stray bullet from celebratory gunshot. Another person was stabbed in the abdomen near 24th and Valencia. Following the mayhem, a young woman was stabbed at 17th and Valencia early Thursday morning. At least one police officer was injured and sent to the hospital. That’s only what became apparent early this morning. We may not know the full extent of the damage until later today.

Immediately after the final pop fly in the Game 7 of the Giants tense series with the Kansas City Royals, fans in the Mission took to the street. Cars honked, flags waved, low-riders bumped along 24th Street. A dance party broke out at the 24th Street BART, Loco Bloco bust out their drums. Fireworks burst over Shotwell Street.

As the night progressed and the crowds along Mission Street grew, the party veered towards mayhem. A little before 9 p.m. someone near the corner of 19th and Mission set a couch on fire. It would be the site of many more fires as the night progressed.

By 9:30 p.m., a bystander was struck by a stray bullet near the corner of 21st and Valencia. Someone was shooting a gun into the air when it hit them. The victim was rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. As far as we know, the gun-toting Giants fan is still at large. Bay City News also reports another gunshot victim who walked into San Francisco General with a bullet wound.

At 22nd and Mission, fans ignited two fires. Some threw fireworks into the flames for big explosions, to the screams of “Let’s Go Giants.” A sideshow of careening cars twirled at top speed at South Van Ness and 24th Streets and as every vehicle on Valencia, Mission, 24th and 16th paraded down the streets, flags aflutter, the crowd cheered them on, getting louder as the night went on.

Riot police were present from the start of the evening. A little after 10 p.m. they surged onto Mission Street and pushed the crowd away from the fires. The crowd was notably hostile towards the police. Chants of “Fuck the police” escalated to glass bottles flying through the air, some landing on officers’ heads.

At around 11 p.m., one person was stabbed multiple times near the corner of 24th and Valencia. According to a statement by Officer Gordon Shyy, the injuries are said to be serious and the victim is currently at San Francisco General Hospital.

Nearby on Valencia and 22nd Street, a group of four young men hit another fan on top of the head with a glass bottle. The man fell to the ground and one of the suspects took the man’s wallet. The group fled the scene and the man suffered head wounds and went to a San Francisco General.

At around midnight, riot teams began a sweep on Mission and 24th Streets that pushed the crowd off the street. Several police vehicles, trailed by a water car, slowly moved up Mission Street. As they sprayed the charred and garbage strewn streets, they attempted to disperse an angry crowd off Mission Street.

“This is an unlawful assembly,” an officer warned through a megaphone in one of the police vehicles, “Anyone who doesn’t get off the street will be arrested.”

Pushed off Mission, much of the crowd swarmed Valencia Street. Groups set fires on 19th and 23rd Street, among other places. A garbage contained burned on Bartlett Street behind the Vida condo construction.

The riot police continued to push the crowd off the street, even as many climbed to the top of MUNI shelters. By 12:30 a.m., the streets were mostly clear, traffic passed through Mission Street once more. The broken glass had been cleared away even as the smoke still hung in the air.

But even as the crowds subsided, violence continued into the evening. A little before 3 a.m., one 20-year-old woman came up behind a 19-year-old on the corner of 17th and Valencia. She stabbed the other woman in the back of the head. The suspect also pepper sprayed her victim and bit her in the shoulder before fleeing the scene. Police report that the victim of the stabbing is in non-life-threatening condition at San Francisco General.

Whether or not this celebration was more intense than the celebration-turned-riot of 2012 or 2010 before it, we can’t really say. We can say that police are reporting at least 36 arrests across the city, at least 6 in the Mission. There were also 36 in 2012.

Mark Rabine, Andrea Valencia and Lydia Chávez contributed to this report.

Correction:The original number of 2014 arrests published has been modified based on updates from the police department.

Rigoberto Hernandez

Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare...

Daniel Hirsch

Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top...

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33 Comments

  1. Another reason I cannot support pro sports teams. Don’t people have more important things to get excited about, like things that are actually important? Why do these people get so whipped up about a bunch of overpaid athletes who have almost no affiliation with the city and are only here because they were offered the most money? It’s such a weird one-way relationship: these pro athletes would leave SF in a second if given more money yet Giants fans act like they are family and get all emotional over the results of their games. Bizarre.

    1. Not really that complicated to be honest; they want to be part of something bigger than themselves and distracted from shitty politics.

  2. It must be heart warming for the far left to see that despite gentrification, there’s still plenty of stupid thugs left in the mission, err, i mean “Real San Franciscans”.

    1. Police reports show those arrested were from outside San Francisco. Folks came in from all over the Bay Area. I love how folks want to blame locals and people from the Mission for there own agenda. Just like Halloween in the Castro was shut down due to a lot of bridge and tunnel folks from all over the Bay Area.

  3. This doesn’t happen in the Marina where they have just as many people in the streets celebrating. the mission breeds these type of people and also welcomes the thugs from elsewhere. If you allow the neighborhood to be full of graffiti, it invites this crowd to your neighborhood. Thugs don’t come from elsewhere to tear up the marina. It’s because the residents there don’t put up with it. Until there is mass outrage from the locals, this will continue to happen in the mission. Just drive around this morning and see how many peoples homes and businesses have been vandalized by shitheads. It’s disgusting. Again, this doesn’t happen in the marina.

    1. Is the Marina off the 101? Does the Marina have two BART stations that people can access? Does it have open plazas/flat areas people can converge at? I hate the shitheads but it’s not that complicated as to why people come here.

    2. To be fair, who wants to ever go to the Marina?
      The Mission is the cultural hub of the City and is very accessible by BART.
      And yes, it was mostly outsiders that swarmed in, already drunk, to show off their micro minds.
      As a ten year Mission resident, I can say that there is always outrage when Cro-Mag, mob mentality runs amok.
      That said, even with cops poised all night for this to happen, were incompetent to stop it as it festered.

  4. Thanks to the police for putting out the fires, etc.
    I could do without the helicopters–so noisy & I think they encourage the mayhem.

  5. I live just a few blocks from where the chaos (I mean “celebration”) took place. I’ve been in the neighborhood for over a decade, and it’s shameful how these people behave. I was there last night, and I’m all for peaceful celebration, but fires, thrown bottles, and vandalism are no celebration. It was dangerous and extremely intimidating. I concur with the earlier comment, why everyone is so obsessed with a corporation is mind-boggling. (yes people, baseball is a business and it boils down sponsorship, sold out arenas —MONEY. It’s the same as celebrating Coca-Cola beating out Pepsi in a taste test)

    1. It’s fun entertainment. It’s a social escape from Ebola fear mongering and from the mounds of election advertisements and phone calls that the last few weeks have brought. Getting together with a bunch of friends to watch the game and celebrate together is different from reading a book or watching TV. I know it’s a business, but I patronize airlines, grocery stores and restaurants so how is patronizing a sports team any different from that?

      The destruction annoys me to no end, but it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the game.

  6. if you notice in the pictures a lot of the people doing the mayhem are the new comers… the mission was never like this after the niners won the superbowl….

    1. I don’t know for sure, but there seemed to be a different demographic and definitiely a different vibe along 24th street.

  7. Here since 1971 ; How do you know from a picture if they are a new comer or not? I guess you are mister popular and know everyone that moves in and out of this city.

    1. Looks like each neighborhood blog is posting a different mix of Bad Guy photos depending on who their target demo is.

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