The bullet pierced the window at the Red Bull sign. Photo by Lola M. Chávez

As shots rang out around him at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, a cyclist riding east on 26th near Mission Street dropped his bike at the corner, appeared to stand behind a pole and then found refuge in the corner liquor store, according to an eyewitness.

At the same time, a second person ran south on Mission Street toward Club 26 Mix. It appeared, the eyewitness said, that someone from the club whistled for a cab heading north on Mission Street.

The man being pursued crossed Mission Street, jumped into the cab and left the scene.  The man in the club, the witness said, gave the victim money for the cab.

A bullet hole at Chavita’s. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

It’s unclear how many shots were fired, but at least one went through a front window at the Stop & Shop Liquor Store on the southwest corner of 26th and Mission Street and another pierced the nearby window of Chavita’s Restaurant on Mission Street.  The witness said the bystander at the pole outside the liquor store appeared to be looking east on 26th Street toward the sound of the shots.

It appears that no one was hurt. Four squad cars arrived shortly after the incident and spent an hour questioning witnesses.

An attendant at the Stop and & Shop Market and Liquor store confirmed that the bystander had come into the shop. He was not in the store at the time of the incident, but said that the shooter had been on a bus.

Since posting this story, another eyewitness has come forward. She was on the Mission 14 heading north when it stopped at the northeast corner of Mission Street. There were three kids waiting at the bus stop wearing red, she said. A passenger wearing blue got off the 14.

“The three kids said something to him and scared him away,” she said.

As the bus pulled away, she said, they watched out the back of the window as shots were being fired. At one point the bus stopped for a minute in the middle of the block. She got off at 24th Street and called police.

“I was very scared,” she said and added that they saw sparks coming from the shots being fired.

The manager at Club 26 Mix could not be reached for comment. We will update as warranted. If any witnesses want to add to this report, please contact us at

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

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

The section of Mission Street where the incident occurred. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor at Berkeley’s J-school since 1990. My earlier career was at The New York Times working for the business, foreign and city desks. As an old...

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