An officer keeps an eye on this afternoon's shooting scene on Bartlett at 22nd. Photo by Julian Mark.

Update: 5/2/19, 3:05 p.m.: The Medical Examiner identified the victim as Jonathan Bello, 28, of San Francisco. A City College of San Francisco spokesperson said Bello was not enrolled at the college in the current academic year. 

Update: 5/2/19, 10:10 a.m.: Police reported Thursday morning that the victim, a 28-year-old man, died of his gunshot wounds. The Medical Examiner’s office said it could not yet release the man’s identity, as his family hasn’t been notified of his death. The suspect, whose vehicle police confirmed was a bicycle, has not been apprehended.  He shot the victim with a handgun, police confirmed. 

Original story, 5:42 p.m., May 1: Police at 4:12 this afternoon responded to a shot-spotter activation, and discovered a man suffering from gunshot wounds on the 100 block of Bartlett Street.

Officer Robert Rueca, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman, said the victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and the vicinity is still an “active crime scene.”

Mission Local’s Julian Mark says that perhaps 10 police officers are investigating a silver sedan. Mark spotted two bullet holes in the vehicle.

Police have blocked off the Bartlett Street entrance to City College. Photo by Julian Mark.

A neighborhood resident who had been visiting a nearby cafe told Mark that, at around 4:15, he heard “four pops.” He did not hear a car screeching away. Police showed up shortly thereafter and pulled a stricken man from a parked car. That man was placed on a gurney and carted away.

A woman named Teresa Villicana, who was in the nearby City College building, also heard four shots. When she looked out of a door on Bartlett Street, she saw paramedics performing CPR on a man on the ground. Villicana, who described herself as a medical assistant, noted that the man’s head and face were purple. “I thought to myself, ‘he’s not going to make it.’”

Rueca says there is no suspect in custody at this time.

Sgt. Jeffrey Aloise tells Mark that reports being bandied about the neighborhood that the shooter rode a bicycle are “preliminary” and being investigated at this time.

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

Witnesses described seeing a stricken man pulled from the silver sedan in the background, and given CPR by paramedics. There appear to be two bullet holes in the driver’s side door. A black jacket and wallet are below that door on the street, along with many police evidence markers. Photo by Julian Mark.

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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  1. R.I.P. Johnny. We used to kick it everyday back in middle school at James Denman. Simpler times.

  2. I was listening to the police scanner as they were responding, and there weren’t any screeches from a vehicle because the suspect was a young male, wearing a hoodie, and riding a bicycle. They said he was traveling toward Valencia Street following the shooting. And you’re right, I asked an office on the scene and he said they hadn’t located the suspect.

    1. If you are listening on a scanner to the police responding, that is AFTER the incident occurred. Radios of responding officers wouldn’t pick this up unless they were essentially there when it happened. Only someone at the site would be able to verify the visual description. Were you at the site?

      1. Police dispatchers usually repeat to the officers suspect information reported to them from 911 callers so that would be sobethibg one would hear on a police scanner.

        1. The detail about the bicycle appears to be verified. But, in general, it is poor journalistic practice to quote the police scanner as initial reports are rife with inaccuracies.



          1. Often times, even after the police have time to let the dust settle, their accounts are inaccurate, often times intentionally.

            That is why there is a special word: “Testi-lie” to describe it.

            The uncovering of police misconduct files, previously concealed by the Copley Press case, should do much to clear up any misconceptions in this regard.

            If one cites “police scanners say…” then, based, on history, one should be about as accurate as quoting a cop’s official statement.

      2. I was on Valencia Street and watched dozens of police speed to the scene. I pulled up the scanner on my phone and listened to them report a 217, and then gave a description about the suspect. Two things. 1. I realize it’s not journalistic practice to write an article with police scanner details without getting those details verified first with the PD or first responders. Which is why I was posting it in the comments, and not putting my name on the article byline and being a backseat writer. And I know this because I’m a former editor and journalist who has interviewed people like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, etc. 2. Yes, I went to the scene 30 mins after I heard the scanner, and I was only that late because I was doing laundry at the time and needed to drop everything off at my apt. before walking over. I live 2 blocks from the scene of the shooting. So sheesh, get off my back.