Gun Violence

A 26-year-old man was shot in Clarion Alley and transported to the hospital early Monday morning in non-life-threatening condition. The man was walking home at about 3:30 a.m. when another man approached him from behind, firing at least one shot at the victim, according to police. The gunman then fled on foot, running down Clarion Alley towards Mission Street, evading arrest.

A 42-year-old man was robbed of his cell phone at gunpoint while stopping his vehicle momentarily at the intersection of Capp and 15th streets on Saturday, November 19. The man reportedly pulled up the intersection and was still inside of his car when another vehicle pulled up next to him on the driver’s side. The occupant of the second vehicle, a man estimated to be in his early 20s, then exited his car and brandished a handgun.

The two men exchanged some words before the suspect reached into the 42-year-old’s car and took his cell phone.  The suspect then fled the scene in his vehicle, and police have not reported an arrest in the robbery.


A 16-year-old Mission High School student was injured in an altercation with an adult near Dolores Park, at 18th and Dolores streets, on Friday, November 18. It is unclear how the incident unfolded, but police report that the attack occurred around 5:45 p.m. as many students from were leaving after school clubs and activities at the school, located directly across from the park.

Eric Guthertz, the school’s principal, confirmed that the girl is a Mission High School student and was headed to a bus stop near the intersection with several friends when an adult male chased them, seemingly unprovoked.  The girl’s attacker, wrote Guthertz in a letter to the school’s community, was believed to have been “hanging out on the corner of the park with a small group of homeless individuals.”

When another group of men intervened, a brawl broke out on the street below Dolores Park’s tennis courts, according to Guthertz. Students and staff intervened in an attempt to break up the fight, including the 16-year-old girl, who was cut in the hand in the process.  The fight ended with several participants taken into custody, wrote Guthertz, but police did not confirm any arrests by press time. The girl was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, and is expected to recover, said Guthertz.

Also on Friday, a group of teens attacked a 59-year-old man with a knife as he was driving near Cesar Chavez Avenue and Folsom Street. Police report that the group consisted of two 18-year-old men, an 18-year-old woman, and a 16-year-old girl, who were driving in a sedan and cut off the older man by pulling in front of his vehicle.

It is unclear what provoked the confrontation, but once the 59-year-old came to a complete stop, both parties exited their cars. The 16-year-old then swiped at the 59-year-old with a knife, before fleeing the scene along with the other suspects in the sedan. The victim drove himself to the hospital, according to police reports, and no arrests have been made.

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. Reads as though the 16 year old exacted revenge the same evening??? Nice to see Dolores Park is quite safe for kids and parents to visit… Way to go San Francisco!

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