Police car with lights on behind caution tape.
Scene on 23rd Street near San Jose Avenue. Photo by Peter Khoury

UPDATE, Sunday, Feb 20, 2022

The San Francisco Police Department reported today that the 36-year-old male victim officers pulled from his vehicle on San Jose Avenue Friday evening “succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.”

The incident is still being investigated by the SFPD Homicide Detail.  

No arrests have been made. 

Friday, Feb 18, 9:40 pm.

A gunfight broke out Friday night on San Jose Avenue near 23rd Street with shots being fired between two cars before ending with at least two of the participants wounded, according to an eyewitness who watched the incident from his upper-floor apartment.

The driver and passenger in a white four-door car first pulled up at around 7:40 p.m.and parked on the southeast side of San Jose and 23rd Street in front of a row of garages, the witness said. Five minutes or so later, as they were sitting in their car,  a second car – a white, two-door –  turned west on 23rd onto San Jose and pulled up behind the parked car with two people inside. 

Almost immediately, the witness said, the first car made a u-turn, and the shooting started, lasting probably 20 seconds or so. 

“Pop, pop, pop, it was rapid gunfire,” said the witness. In the midst of the firefight, the first car moved up San Jose toward Elizabeth Street but stopped.

One of the people in the car was definitely shot, the witness said. Paramedics later dragged the wounded person out of the car. It’s unclear what happened to his passenger or how seriously he was injured. 

At some point before or during the shooting, one of the assailants from the second car,  got out and ran north on San Jose Avenue, dripping blood along the way, the witness said.  The car he left drove north on San Jose. It is unclear what happened to the passenger of the second car and police were looking for him in the area. 

Peter Khoury, a data scientist who lives nearby, said he was returning from the store when he walked into the aftermath.

Police blocked off 23rd Street between Valencia and San Jose and San Jose between 23rd and Elizabeth streets. 

This is a breaking story. We will update as we get more information. 

Looking south on San Jose Avenue. Photo by Peter Khoury

This is a breaking story and we will update as we get more information.

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  1. It’s now a murder. Shooting murder in the Mission. Nothing new here. SF crime is down. Hope they can get the victim Justice soon.