Tag Archives: shootings

Demonstrators protest DA’s decision to exonerate officers in fatal police shooting

Some 25 people took to the street in front of Mission Police Station on Wednesday night to protest the San Francisco District Attorney’s decision not to bring criminal charges against the two officers involved in the February, 2015 shooting of Amilcar Lopez Perez. The decision was announced hours earlier and comes after more than two years of demonstrations and public scrutiny of the...

Overview: Police Shootings in SF’s Mission District

(The following list reflects fatal shootings by SFPD officers in the Mission District in the last five years. First published April 7, 2017. Last update,  April 12, 2017.) Luis Gongora Pat, 45, homeless. Date and Time: April 7, 2016, 10 a.m. Time Elapsed Between Officers on the Scene and Shooting: Less than 30 seconds.    Place: Homeless encampment on Shotwell Street...

Man Injured in Church St. Shooting, Woman Victim of Garage Burglary

A 42-year-old man was transported to a nearby hospital in non-life-threatening condition after he became the victim of a shooting on Thursday morning.  The the man was reportedly standing on Church Street between 18th and 19th streets and talking with another person when he was approached by two other men, estimated to be in their 30s, who asked him a question....

Bernal Dwellings Residents Rocked By Gun Violence Demand More Police Intervention

Terrorized by a string of shootings that claimed the life of one man and left two more injured in January, Bernal Dwellings residents implored local police at a public safety meeting on Thursday to ramp up prevention efforts and improve relations with the affordable housing community. “It seems like every time you turn around [the police] leave, and people are...

UPDATED: Police Seek Man and Woman in Gray Truck in Mission District Shooting

Police report that they are searching for a man and woman driving charcoal gray truck in connection to a Mission District shooting that on Monday afternoon left a 45-year-old man in life-threatening condition. Police first reported that the shooting took place just a block away from San Francisco General Hospital, at 25th and Hampshire streets, where responding officers found the victim yesterday. But on...

Female Victim Identified in Mission District Double Homicide

The San Francisco Medical Examiner has identified 27-year-old Lindsay McCollum as the second victim in a fatal shooting near the intersection of 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue on Sunday night. McCollum and 51-year-old Eddie “Tennessee” Tate were found suffering from gunshot wounds in a homeless encampment near the intersection, where Tate reportedly lived. McCollum had no fixed address according...

Man Shot, Critically Injured, in SF Mission

A 42-year-old man was shot and injured at 11:53 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, police report. The man was being pursued down 17th Street near Harrison Street by two male suspects, one of whom pulled out a silver revolver and fired at the victim. The man was transported to the hospital in life-threatening condition. Robbery  At 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a 31-year-old woman...

Police and Community Address Spike in SF Mission Gang Violence

Mission organizers and police alike are mobilizing to address a spate of violence including shootings in the Mission and in Bernal Heights that have sent five victims to the hospital in the past two weeks, one of them a 13-year-old boy and one a man who was shot in June and died of his injuries on Oct. 3. On Monday,...

Man in Car Shot Four Times in SF Mission

A man suffering from four gunshot wounds was transported to the hospital in non-life threatening condition Wednesday morning. Police report that the shooting occurred at 4:17 a.m. near the intersection of 16th and Shotwell streets, where the 39-year-old victim had been sitting in his car when an unidentified man walked up to the driver side and fired approximately six shots, hitting the victim a total of four times....

Shooting Claimed Life of “Ambassador of Shotwell Street”

Many of the Shotwell Street residents who heard the gunshots that claimed Rigoberto Romero’s life on Friday night had seen the 27-year-old grow up over the years. Some of them were family members. “We heard about six shots,” said Alicia Romero, the victim’s cousin. Three minutes prior, she had seen Romero speaking with his mother in their family home on Shotwell...

Man Shot in Face After Argument in SF Mission

Police report an argument escalated into a shooting on South Van Ness Avenue near 16th Street just before midnight. Two men, one 53 and the other 45, were in a verbal altercation when the older man pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the face. The victim was transported to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition, and the suspect was arrested. Earlier in the...

48 Hours into Hunger Strike, Movement Gains New Support

After day two of a hunger strike aimed at unseating Police Chief Greg Suhr for a lack of reform to a police department that has seen four controversial police shootings in the last two years, a group of four protesters camping outside of Mission Station has gained one member. Sellassie Blackwell, a San Francisco native and political hip-hop artist, joined...

Eighth Witness Says Homeless Man Did Not Lunge at Officers in Police Shooting

A homeless man living in an encampment near where Luis Gongora was shot and killed by San Francisco police officers last week said Thursday that he witnessed the incident from a distance and said that he did not see Gongora lunge at the officers who shot him. He did say that that Gongora used his knife on a tree, possibly...

Chief Fields Angry Questions on Police Shooting of Homeless Man

Police Chief Greg Suhr told more than 100 angry crowd members at a town hall meeting on Wednesday at noon that the officers who shot and killed Luis Gongora last week feared for their lives when they killed the homeless man, because Gongora was wielding a knife. The meeting came after seven eyewitnesses to the shooting have told the press that Gongora posed no...

Harassment and Backdoor Maneuvers Alleged in Aftermath of Police Shooting

Two homeless witnesses to the fatal police shooting of Luis Gongora on Shotwell Street last Thursday say the police have harassed them multiple times since the shooting, most recently threatening them with arrest late Saturday night if they did not move their tents from the block. The pair temporarily moved across the street before returning to the block, where they...