One man was shot and injured around 5:40 p.m. on Monday at the corner of 24th and Shotwell streets, police confirmed.

“One man was shot, it did not seem life threatening,” said Battalion Chief Charles Green of the San Francisco Fire Department, who had responded to the scene.

“I heard six shots,” said one neighbor. Shortly thereafter, he saw police cars drive by, apparently giving chase.

Some speculated the shooting might have been related to the July 1 shooting of Rigoberto Romero, who was remembered as the “ambassador of Shotwell Street.”  Friends and family had reportedly been gathered at a nearby home to pay respects.

“I came out, everyone was waiting for the funeral of Rigo and then a Mercedes pulls up and shoots like, bam, bam!” said a 17-year resident of the area who asked to remain anonymous. “I ran over there and everyone was down on the ground.”

Susie Madrid, the victim’s cousin, said the victim was shot in the butt. Madrid was en route to a funeral service for Romero when she heard her cousin had been shot.

“I ran here with everything I had on me. I jumped under the [police tape]” and tried to reach her cousin, but officers held her back. The victim was transported to the hospital.

Shotwell Street was blocked between 24th and 25th streets, and a small crowd of a few dozen onlookers had gathered. A person was carried from the scene on a gurney.

“That area is going to be shut down for investigations to locate shell casings, and CSI needs to process the scene,” said Grace Gatpandan, a police spokesperson.

The neighbor who ran outside to see the gathered mourners drop to the ground described recent violence as “like a nightmare.”

“I’ve never seen this before in my life. This is the worst. It used to be bad back in the day, but you never see it like this,” he said.

The shooting victim being helped by friends and neighbors. Photo courtesy of Christopher Wronski

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  1. It is getting tough these days to watch this go down. The mission police need more resources which David Campos and Mayor lee does not support. where is Mayor Lee on these issues. If was a tech issue he would be there in a minute…

  2. Thanks for the quick reporting Mission Local. You’re the only ones doing it. This second shooting on the block in just over a week has everyone very shaken up. The shooting was very loud and seemed like a lot of bullets. It’s a miracle more people weren’t hurt. Everyone is asking themselves what is going on? Is it a war? How many more people are going to get shot? This is all so sad and stupid. How could anyone shoot up a memorial gathering. Maybe ML could find some resources to really investigate this and find out what is going on and how we can calm it all down. My neighbors. Mis vecinos. What can we do?

  3. I know it’s not a popular idea but cctv on the streets like London has would make it so much easier to catch these criminals.

  4. Sounds like war between Army Street projects and the 24th Street Nortenos. So close in distance and been rivals for quite some time now. My boyfriend and I were rolled up on in Bernal Heights Neighborhood by 2 guys in a black Mercedes they had a gun and were insisting we were Nortenos, my boyfriend and I do not affiliate with gangs so this scared us both. The driver then responded by sayin ” we don’t like nortes up here” and drives off. The mission is my neighborhood I’m a 3rd generation Missionera and this gets me pissed!

        1. Does anyone have more details about this arrest or the outcome of the trial? I’m surprised this isn’t getting more coverage.

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