Updated Monday, Jan. 9:
A late-night shooting of four people left one man dead early Friday morning — on the same block as the Mission police station, according to authorities.
Investigators identified 21-year-old Christopher Aguilar Rojas as the suspect in the shooting and have asked the public’s help in locating him. “Rojas is considered armed and dangerous,” said a statement from the SFPD on Saturday evening after the shooting.
Police didn’t have to go far when they received reports of a shooting at 1:53 a.m. on the 600 block of Valencia Street near 17th Street, the site of Mission Station. Two male and two female victims had been shot and were transported to the hospital, according to a statement from the SFPD.
Both men had life-threatening injuries, but one is expected to survive. The other man, age 28, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen wrote on Twitter Friday afternoon that a “recent uptick in shootings in the Mission District have been shocking and unsettling.”
Mission Station’s Captain Gavin McEachern, however, disputed this claim.
“In actuality we have seen a reduction in the number of incidents compared to 2021,” McEachern told Mission Local. “All shootings [are] down 20 percent compared to last year.” Total shooting incidents “where someone has been actually shot,” McEachern said, are down 37 percent from last year.
Homicides, according to the SFPD’s Crime Dashboard, were unchanged between 2021 and 2022.
That said, McEachern said that he has “never seen so many offenders with firearms, including burglary and auto burglary suspects,” but said that firearm seizures by police have increased significantly since last year.
“This is what I know: These incidents have been targeted and involve victims and suspects that don’t live in the district,” Ronen wrote, adding that “most suspects” in shooting cases have been arrested.
The SFPD Homicide detail is investigating this shooting. Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.
This is a developing story and may be updated.