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.