Today at the CW Hotel where the shooting occurred. Photo by Eleni Balakrishnan

Ajmal Amani, 41, of San Francisco was shot and killed by police at the C.W. Hotel in SoMa this morning after officers responded to reports of a man with a knife, according to the San Francisco Police Department. 

At mid-day today, the front of the building had yellow police tape running across it. A few reporters and police were on the scene.

Officers received a 911 call about a man with a knife and arrived on the 900 block of Folsom Street around 8 a.m., the police report said. They “made contact with a suspect male” inside of a residential building, and a shooting occurred during this interaction. 

Police report rendering aid to Amani and summoning medics, who transported him to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Medical Examiner’s office said the investigation is ongoing has contacted Amani’s next of kin.

It is unclear how many times Amani was shot or by how many officers. The incident is under investigation by the District Attorney’s Office as well as the police department. 

A man who cleans the nearby streets through the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District said that a lot of crazy stuff goes down at the hotel all the time.

District Attorney spokeswoman Rachel Marshall wrote in an email, “Our Independent Investigations Bureau Unit responded to the scene pursuant to our MOU with SFPD and are investigating.”

Jesus Zuniga, who operates the Ojo de Agua taco truck at the corner of 5th and Folsom streets, said he arrived after the shooting at around 9 a.m. The officers on the scene were using his normal spot on the corner and so he was serving today from the other side of the gas station parking lot.

The SFPD will hold a town hall meeting about the shooting within 10 days. 

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


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REPORTER. Eleni is our reporter focused on policing in San Francisco. She first moved to the city on a whim nearly 10 years ago, and the Mission has become her home. Follow her on Twitter @miss_elenius.

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  1. So I lived in that place for a few years until about three years ago. Both with Shama and the new managers. Total hellhole. The guy across the hall from my room would take videos of me walking down the hallways and telling me that he was going to murder me and make a video of that. Play his TV AND RADIO on full blast all night long. I suspect he was wearing noise cancelling headphones at the time. Management did nothing about this. I was actually hoping it was him, but I think it was someone else. There are a lot of bad actors in that place.

  2. Interesting comment by the DA”s Office. Independent Investigations Bureau? Independent of whom? And what is the MOU between the DA and the SFPD spell out with respect to investigations. In the past, these agreements meant nothing and so-called “investigations” were both sloppy and took years to conclude. Let’s hope this investigation goes better. It would reflect on well on the reform measures taken since 2018 if it did.

  3. Worst SRO management ever; one and a half stars on Yelp . Long time landlady Shama left to manage undisclosed location in Santa Clara 5 years ago. Obsconded with many tenants 500.00 cash deposits.