The locus in quo: A scissors-wielding man stabbed a man wielding a two-by-four here this evening during a fight, leaving the latter in grave condition. Photo by Julian Mark

An eyewitness described a scissors-vs.-two-by-four fight between two combatants on Mission Street that left one man bloodied and clinging to life this evening.

Bystander Geo Gonzalez tells Mission Local’s Julian Mark that, sometime after 5 p.m., a dispute between two men boiled over into a physical confrontation on the 1900 block of Mission, close to 15th Street. The fight escalated, with one man pulling out a pair of scissors, and the other picking up a piece of timber. And then they started “going at it,” according to Gonzalez.

The man with the scissors went on to stab the other man in the neck several times, leading to profuse bleeding. “I saw him gushing,” Gonzalez said.

A cavalcade of police and emergency vehicles were dispatched to the scene, and Gonzalez said he immediately saw a police officer rush over and put pressure on the man’s neck. The injured man was carted off to San Francisco General Hospital. One of the men is left in life-threatening condition, while the other is in non-life-threatening condition, said SFPD spokesman Officer Adam Lobsinger.

An officer stands watch over the scene of a bloody confrontation this evening in the 1900 block of Mission. Photo by Julian Mark

Sgt. Edward Zeltser of the SFPD said authorities were called in at about 5:30 p.m. When queried if this was a homicide investigation, he said, “not yet.”

Zeltser said he believed a suspect has been detained.

Lobsinger said officers patrolling the area observed two men fighting at around 5:22 p.m. He confirmed that one of the subjects suffered an apparent stab wound. At around 7:00 p.m., he said, officers belonging to SFPD’s Night Investigations Unit were is on the scene.

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information is unearthed.

Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping.

Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found hereVictims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.

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“Your humble narrator” was a writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015, and a senior editor at San Francisco Magazine from 2015 to 2017. You may also have read his work in the Guardian (U.S. and U.K.); San Francisco Public Press; San Francisco Chronicle; San Francisco Examiner; Dallas Morning News; and elsewhere.

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  1. In neighborhoods where housing it’s a struggle and people are homeless and struggling for money and resort to drugs to deal with the feelings of being homeless, of course these kind of fights happen.