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Police report a 34-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to the hospital in life-threatening condition following an altercation with an unidentified man in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 19. The victim was sitting  in a car with a friend on 21st and Shotwell streets when, just before 3 a.m., another man approached the car at the passenger side window.

The man and the victim started to argue, and the situation quickly escalated. As the victim attempted to drive away, the suspect brandished a handgun and shot at him, hitting him in the chest. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction, and there has been no arrest thus far.

Just a few hours later, at 6 a.m. on Saturday, four men, ages 30, 28, 27, and 22, were targeted in another shooting at 17th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. The altercation started at a gas station, where the victims where pumping gas alongside the suspect, a man between 34 and 40 years old driving a four-door silver sedan.

An argument developed between the men, and as the victims drove away, the suspect got into his car and followed them.  The suspect then drove in front of the victims’ car, cut them off, and then shot at their vehicle, injuring two of the four occupants. One of the victims suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder, while the other was shot in the back; neither injury was life-threatening. The victims drove themselves to the hospital and notified the police, who have not made an arrest.


On Sunday, March 20 at 6:30 a.m., a 55-year-old man was stabbed by an unidentified man near South Van Ness Avenue and 20th Street. According to the police, both the suspect and the victim are homeless, and they had been arguing over some belongings. The suspect brandished a knife and stabbed the victim in the forearm before fleeing the area on foot. Police have not made an arrest.


At 7:56 a.m. on Sunday, a man was exiting his car after parking it near 17th Street and South Van Ness Avenue when he was confronted by a man with a gun. The suspect, between the ages of 20 and 30, pointed the gun at his victim and demanded the car keys. The victim complied, and the suspect fled in the stolen vehicle, which has not been recovered. No arrest has been made in connection to the carjacking.

Three Robberies

A 59-year-old man was sleeping in front of a residence near 19th and Valencia streets on Saturday when he was roused around 2:12 a.m. by two men attempting to rob him. The men are described as being between the ages of 22 to 28, and one went through the victim’s pockets while the other restrained him. The suspects attempted to pull the victim into a nearby alley but, after failing to do so, fled on foot with the victim’s cell phone charger. The suspects have not been arrested.

At 10:50 a.m. on Saturday, a 53-year-old man was robbed by two unidentified men near 20th and Capp streets. The man was walking when the suspects approached him from behind. As one of them threatened him with a handgun, the other reached into the victim’s rear pocket and took his wallet. The victim was not injured, and the two suspects managed to flee on foot. No arrests have been made.

Three men attacked and robbed a 30-year-old man who was walking near 24th and York streets on Saturday night. The robbery occurred at 8 p.m., when the victim was approached by the three suspects from behind. One of the men brandished a handgun, while the other two punched the victim and stole his money and cell phone. All three suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction and are still at large. The victim suffered from swelling to the head but refused medical treatment.

Two Burglaries

Two burglaries also occurred over the weekend. The first incident took place between 1:25 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at a residence near 25th and Valencia streets.  A 48-year-old man was sleeping when he suddenly woke up to the sound of his front door closing. The man inspected his apartment for signs of a burglary, and noticed that his tablet, laptop, and smart phone were missing. The victim couldn’t recall locking his front door. Responding officers saw a possible suspect, a man between the ages of 25 and 30, on the victim’s surveillance camera, but no arrest was made.

At 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, an unidentified man entered a residence near 23rd and Mission streets whose door had been left ajar by the occupants, a 30-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man. The woman saw the suspect and yelled at him, as the male occupant chased him from the home. Without managing to steal anything from the home, the suspect fled in an unknown direction and has not been apprehended.

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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