A shooting on 19th Street claimed the life of a 44-year-old man early Friday morning. At 12:48 a.m., police responded to reports of a shooting on 19th Street between Mission and Capp streets and found the man on the sidewalk in front of a barbershop on 19th Street between Mission and Capp streets.
The victim has been identified as Jorge Martinez, a resident of San Bruno. Martinez was found outside of San Francisco Haircuts at 3364 19th Street, according to an employee of Royal Cuckoo Market next door. Martinez was then transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide and no suspect descriptions are yet available.
Kron4 reports that Martinez had attended a Warriors game on the evening of his death and afterwards went to Beauty Bar at 2299 Mission St. to celebrate his 44th birthday. He was accompanied by his son, Jesse, and his son’s girlfriend, Jazmyn Solares – Martinez’ family did not return requests for comment by press time.
Jesse told Kron4 that his father had stepped out for air at some point during the evening and failed to return to the bar. When the couple exited the bar to look for him, they saw an ambulance pass by them and, unable to find Martinez, contacted the police.
The couple then drove to San Francisco General Hospital in an effort to locate Martinez, where they were notified of his death. Martinez’ family said that he had been shot in the back several times and described the incident as random.
“It definitely looked like he was walking away,” said Solares about the moments leading up to Martinez’ death.
On Friday, an employee from All Seasons Market across the intersection from the incident told Mission Local that he was busy with customers hours earlier when he heard what he thinks were two shots. He ran outside, but couldn’t see anything. Officers then responded to the scene and cordoned off the area.
A news stringer in the area captured the scene of the investigation:
Sfpd Homicide detectives on scene at 19th and Mission investigating shooting pic.twitter.com/nXRw8U99H2
— BayNewsHunter (@baynewshunter) March 17, 2017
Martinez’ family members have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help them cover the funeral expenses. There, they described Martinez as a loving family man who was a father figure not just to his own son, but also to nieces and nephews as well.
“George was the glue to our family, our rock,” Martinez’ family wrote on the campaign page. “Whether it was his hilarious jokes or his sincere and genuine love for family, there was so much about him that made him so easy to love.”
Following the New Years Day shooting that claimed the life of Ernesto Rosales at 26th and Shotwell streets, Martinez’ death marks the Mission’s second homicide of the year, and San Francisco’s 10th.