Paramedics render aid to two men who suffered gunshot wounds in front of the shop Smoker Friendly near the 16th Street BART Station on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022.
Paramedics render aid to two men, who suffered gunshot wounds, in front of the shop Smoker Friendly near the 16th Street BART Station on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Lucky Gutierrez)

Gunshots rang out near 16th and Mission streets yesterday afternoon in a shooting that wounded two men, according to police.

The victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The shooting took place on the west side of Mission Street between 15th and 16th streets, near the former H&R Block, according to a resident who captured the shooting on camera.

The resident said the video showed a group of four people approaching two others on that block. One of the four in the group pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds. The group fled north on Mission toward 15th Street, he said.

One or both of the victims crossed Mission, heading southeast toward the Bank of America on Mission between 16th and 17th streets, said the resident who recorded the incident.

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Some 10 police cars showed up around the area, said the neighbor.

People could be seen fleeing south, away from the shooting, after it happened, said the man who had video footage of the incident. 

Police were called to that block at about 12:42 p.m., rendered aid and summoned medics. Photographs on social media show paramedics treating the victims outside the tobacco shop.

San Francisco resident Lucky Gutierrez was on the 14-Muni bus minutes after police were called. Gutierrez and others were told to exit the bus because the road was blocked, he said.

He saw paramedics rendering aid to two people outside the smoke shop.

One woman, who passed by the area after the shooting, said that traces of the event were mostly gone by around 2:20 p.m., but she saw what appeared to be underwear with blood on it in the intersection.

Police haven’t made an arrest. It remains an open, active investigation. 

Anyone who has information can remain anonymous and call the SFPD Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or text TIP411, police said.

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

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  1. There were four of them and two of the others. Why pull out a gun and shoot instead of fight with them. Doesn’t make sense to me why you not only messed your life up for years to come but everyone with you that ran as well.

  2. I was going to get an apartment in this area… not anymore. Might reconsider SF altogether. I lived in the Mission my whole life.

    I’m not sure what is worst… the criminals or the local corrupt politicians.

    Thanks for the story.

    1. Don’t go!
      Tim Redmond over at 48hills/Pravda sez (December 26):
      “most categories of crime, particularly violent crime, and [sic] down”
      “there’s a horrible news media narrative on crime”
      If only the “media” wouldn’t print stories such as this one – we’d all be fine and dandy.

      1. Carlos I agree the narrative on crime is overblown but SF is a shithole. Was just visiting family in NYC. It’s incredible just how much cleaner and better run that city is compared to SF. Our city is embarrassing and incompetent.

  3. Not particularly wise of the bus driver to let a buseload of people off directly into an active crime scene.

    1. Well he/she couldn’t go forward or backward and could not drive up or down a block because the bus there runs on the overhead electric line. I’m sure that passengers could have waited on the bus for the street to reopen.

  4. It’s US BANK that is a few steps down to the Smoke shop where the victims were laying Bank of America is only an ATM machine. I saw the the incident not long after it occurred. Cops were inside the US bank and adjacent addresses.

  5. Wow. Damn shame. So many little businesses at or near that intersection, as well as banks and transportation, undoubtedly affected until things quieted back down and cleared up. Not like you can predict when or where these things are going to happen, just a real bummer when they do. 🙁

    1. Unfortunately that is correct! “Bloody underwear “ can be found all over this city . WE HAVE TO CLEAN THIS CITY UP OR ALL DECENT PEOPLE ARE OUT OF HERE!