Two armed suspects held up a 40-year-old man on Bartlett near 23rd taking his wallet, watch and smartphone. While fleeing from the scene, one of the two suspects shot himself in the leg, leaving a trail of blood from Bartlett near 23rd Street to the corner of 23rd and Valencia Streets. The victim was not injured.

Police happened to be nearby when the incident occurred and followed the blood trail to Valencia Street, where they arrested the wounded 21-year-old suspect who was then taken to San Francisco General Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to the police incident report.

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Blood trails on Bartlett Street, the scene in which the robbery occurred. Blood trails could be found from Bartlett Street until Valencia Street. Photo by Meira Gebel.

The second suspect was found at the scene and also arrested. Police also found a MAC-10 semi machine gun that one of the suspects allegedly threw over a fence close to 23rd Street. It’s unclear whether the first suspect shot himself with the gun that was found or if there was a second firearm.

When the sun began to rise, neighbors began to peek out of their homes, some unaware of the incident that occurred a few hours earlier.

One neighbor, who has lived around the corner from the scene for more than 20 years, said, “This is usually a really safe neighborhood.” That changes after midnight, she said.

“Once the bars close at 2, you have to bee-line it to your house because between 1:45 and 4 a.m. is when it gets dangerous,” she said.

Note: Thank you to the reader who tipped us off about the incident.

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.