The corner of 21st and Treat just after the shooting. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

A man of was shot shortly after 11 p.m. Friday night outside of El Porvenir grocery store on 21st and Treat. He was quickly transported to San Francisco General Hospital, though his status is unknown.

“One adult male was shot,” said Tony Montoya, a police sergeant at the scene. Montoya said some 10 shots were fired, though he did not know how many hit the victim.

A friend of the victim, who called himself J.V.M., said a group had been celebrating a birthday and drinking beers outside of El Porvenir just before the shooting.

“We were celebrating a night here, drinking a couple of beers,” said J.V.M., when a light-blue or silver Jeep Grand Cherokee — 2012 model, J.V.M. said — parked across 21st Street and unloaded a passenger, who started walking around the block.

“I noticed the guy coming this way, towards Folsom” J.V.M. said. “Half a minute later, he came around and popped up right here,” he said, indicating a spot just in front of the grocery store where J.V.M. was celebrating with a group of men including the victim, who he said was in his early 30s and a long-time friend. “He asked him ‘Are you from this area?’”

At that point, J.V.M. and the victim said “We’re not from the gangs” and tried to distance themselves from the suspect, who J.V.M. described as in his early 20s. The suspect then pulled out an automatic weapon — similar to a mini-Uzi, J.V.M. said — and fired around 12 shots at the victim, hitting him 3-4 times in the back as he fled from the shooter.

“He shot him from the middle of the street,” said a neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous. The neighbor called 911 immediately after hearing the shooting at 11:08 p.m. and said he saw a silver van parked across from the grocery store waiting for the shooter. “He ran south towards the stopped van. It was definitely organized.”

The scene of the shooting. Photo courtesy of a neighbor.
The scene of the shooting. Photo courtesy of a neighbor.

As soon as the shots rang out, J.V.M. said that the victim’s brother, who had also been celebrating with the group, tailed the fleeing Jeep because he happened to be fetching his own car.

“[He] tailed him bumper to bumper,” J.V.M. said. He was still unsure whether the brother had caught up to the fleeing suspects and gave the brother’s information to police officers on site so they could coordinate with him. “That’s what we’re trying to find out now.”

J.V.M. said the victim has four children and that he did not know his current condition, and the police knew only that he had been transported to the hospital.

We will update this post as we receive new information.

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Joe was born in Sweden, where the Chilean half of his family received asylum after fleeing Pinochet, and spent his early childhood in Chile; he moved to Oakland when he was eight. He attended Stanford University for political science and worked at Mission Local as a reporter after graduating. He then spent time in advocacy as a partner for the strategic communications firm The Worker Agency. He rejoined Mission Local as an editor in 2023.

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      1. Looking for an update too. Would like information on how we neighbors may be able to help the family too if you have it.

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