A memorial for shooting victim Hector Salvador set up at the scene. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros

An updated version of this story is available here.

Hector Salvador, a 26-year-old San Francisco resident, was shot at 16th and Hoff streets at 2:10 a.m. on Sunday, December 6. After suffering an unknown number of gunshots to the torso, Salvador was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Grace Gatpandan said that the incident involved a “group of people yelling at each other in a verbal argument” and said that “a shot was heard” after that. The police found Salvador on the sidewalk on Hoff Street, an alley connecting 16th and 17th, and said they were looking at surveillance footage from all available sources. Both the Wells Fargo and Dunleavy Plaza, an apartment complex, have visible security cameras overlooking the alley.

This is the 46th homicide in San Francisco this year. It is also the fourth gun-related death in the Mission this year, though the first in which an SFPD officer was not the shooter. The first death, in January, was later suspected to be a suicide. The second was the death of Amilcar Perez Lopez in February, and the third the shooting of a suspect at St. Luke’s Hospital last month.

Several other violent incidents were reported by police this weekend:


On Saturday, December 5, at 11:30 a.m., a 29-year-old man saw another man in his 20s harassing someone on Mission Street between 18th and 19th streets. The man stepped in and told off the harasser, only to realize he knew the suspect. That didn’t help defuse the situation, however: The suspect became angry and stabbed the man in the side with a knife. No arrest was made and the victim was transported to the hospital with a non-life-threatening wound to his side.

Two Assaults

A 46-year-old man got in an argument with a man in his 20s on 16th and Market streets just before 2 a.m. on Saturday. The younger man punched the older in the face, knocking him to the ground, where he lost consciousness. The victim was transported to Davies Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries to his mouth and head, and no arrest was made.

A similar story unfolded at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 6, when a 25-year-old man was punched in the nose by a man in his 20s on 16th Street near Mission Street. The victim fell to the ground and hit his head, and lost consciousness. He was transported to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition, and no arrest was made.

Three Robberies

Two men in their 30s and a man in his 40s, one of them brandishing a knife, approached a 44-year-old man on Mission Street between 23rd and 24th streets at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. The suspects demanded that the victim hand over his wallet, before one of the men reached into the victim’s pocket and took it himself. The men fled on foot. The victim was uninjured, and no arrest was made.

That night, at 10:35 p.m. on 22nd and Capp streets, three men in their 20s kicked a 21-year-old man from behind and then pushed him to the ground. Two of the men held his arms down, while the third kicked him in the ribs and then rummaged through his pockets for a cell phone. The three suspects then fled on foot. No arrest was made, and the victim was left with pain in his ribs but was not transported to the hospital.

Around the same time, a restaurant on Valencia Street near Mission Street was robbed. A 45-year-old man asked to use the bathroom at the restaurant, then emerged with a mask on and a gun. The suspect demanded cash and approached a safe. A restaurant employee complied and gave the man money from the safe. Nobody was injured, but the suspect fled and was not arrested.

A 36-year-old cashier was held up at gunpoint at 6:42 p.m. on Sunday on Potrero Avenue between 17th and Mariposa streets. A 40-year-old man was pretending to purchase a drink, but when the victim opened the cash register, the man brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and told the victim to get on the ground. The suspect then took cash from the register and fled. No arrest was made, and the cashier was left uninjured.


Firefighters responded to a call at a building on 20th Street between Alabama and Florida streets at about 3 a.m. this morning, where police officers had come across two trash cans next to a building that had been set on fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before the building was affected.

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.

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  1. in the mission, law enforcement only in the mission, sleeping tranquilizers should have been used. the case study is based on white people vs black people. ” some” white people advocate ” well they made a mistake and the law should be applied to the full extent,” duh. they add” we all make mistakes,” when they themselves make a mistake and the law is bended to benefit themselves. the colorado plan parent hood shooting is good case of survival of police. white people one, hispanic 0

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