STREET VIOLENCE: Three shot in Western Addition – Mirkarimi once again demands detailed public safety plan from Mayor, Police Chief, and District Attorney

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Three people were shot in the Western Addition this morning following a night of violence in San Francisco, authorities reported.

Medical personnel responded to the triple shooting at 8:53 a.m. at 3 Friendship Court – a one block street between McAllister and Fulton streets, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.
All three people were conscious and breathing and were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, Talmadge said.

The incident followed a crime-filled Wednesday night that sent six people to local hospitals.

The first incident, a stabbing, was reported in the Mission District at 5:40 p.m. According to police, as the victim stepped out of his car at 17th and Capp streets, he was confronted by a man and a physical fight ensued. The suspect then stabbed the victim with an ice pick, police said.

As the injured man tried to run, the suspect jumped into a car driven by his female companion. The couple then chased the victim, trying to hit him with their car, police said. When they caught up to him, the man again exited the vehicle and stabbed him a second time, police said.

Police arrested the man, but the woman was able to escape. The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to survive, according to police.

Several hours later at 9:31 p.m., police were called to investigate a shooting in the 1100 block of McAllister Street in the Western Addition.

Police said that three males were walking when they were approached by a group of seven males who began shooting at them, wounding the trio.

Two of those victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital and are expected survive, according to police. The third person went to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center by himself and is fighting for his life, police said.

A fourth victim – a male bystander who was hit by a stray bullet – is expected to survive, police said.

The third shooting of the night took place at 11:15 p.m. at 18th and Capp streets in the Mission – a block away from the ice pick stabbing more than five hours earlier.

Police said two men approached the male victim and shot him several times before possibly driving off eastbound on 18th Street.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening wounds, police said.

San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi this morning blasted the city’s mayor, police chief and district attorney after two separate shootings in the same Western Addition public housing project wounded seven people.

This morning’s triple shooting in the Friendship Village
development between McAllister and Fulton streets occurred in the same area where four people – including an innocent bystander – were shot less than 12 hours earlier.

“It’s literally the same location – we’re talking not even 5 yards away,” Mirkarimi said.

Mirkarimi, who represents the neighborhood on the city’s Board of Supervisors, said he came out to the scene of both shootings.

After the first incident, San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong assured him she would provide police presence in Friendship Village, Mirkarimi said.

“I expected a fixed presence of SFPD and I learned there was not and I’m not happy about it,” he said.

Medical personnel responded to this morning’s triple shooting at 8:53 a.m. at 3 Friendship Court, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said

All three people were conscious and breathing and were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, Talmadge said.

Mirkarimi said the victims were teenage boys.

“I’m theorizing, but I believe it was gang-related,” he said. “We need an aggressive intervention to deal with the gun violence that’s occurring between different housing developments.”

Wednesday night’s shooting at the housing project was reported 9:31 p.m. Police said that three males were walking when they were approached by a group of seven males who began shooting at them, wounding the trio.

Two of those victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital and are expected survive, according to police. The third person went to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center by himself and is fighting for his life, police said.

A fourth victim – a male bystander who was hit by a stray bullet – is expected to survive, police said.

Mirkarimi said he is frustrated with District Attorney Kamala Harris’ failure to aggressively prosecute cases he’s referred to her office.

“The district attorney needs to start prosecuting cases that show people that you can’t commit violent crime with impunity,” Mirkarimi said.

“You have – literally – elementary school kids and teenagers carrying guns and shooting people and not knowing the difference between right and wrong. If their parents and guardians have abdicated their ability, then someone needs to step up to the plate.”

The supervisor said it’s been an “agitating” experience trying to get coordinated violence prevention services from the city’s juvenile probation, recreation and parks and workforce development departments to combat the Western Addition’s spike in violence.

“Today I’m all over the mayor and all over the police chief and all over city agencies to give me a detailed plan,” as to how they’re going to provide a safe summer, Mirkarimi said.

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