A San Francisco man who worked to prevent street violence has fallen victim of it.
Joseph Taeotui, a 43-year-old who worked as an outreach worker for The City’s Street Violence Intervention Program, died this week of injuries sustained in a shooting in Hunters Point earlier this month, according to police.
Taeotui was approached by two suspects and shot on Monday Aug. 13 around 12:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Kiska Road, just across the street from the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club.
He was found by police at the scene and taken to the hospital by ambulance, but succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.
Arturo Carrillo, the director of the Street Violence Intervention Program, told the San Francisco Examiner the man was working at the time he was shot, but had headed home to switch vehicles.
Police Chief Bill Scott, in remarks made to the Police Commission last week, attributed the decline in homicides this year in part to the work of the SVIP, operated by HealthRight 360, which provides outreach and crisis response. There have been 29 homicides in San Francisco so far this year, as compared to last year when 41 homicides had been reported by July 2017, according to police.
Scott called Taeotui’s shooting “horrible.”
“He spent a majority of his life working to protect our community and to keep our streets safer, and he was gunned down in the middle of the street in broad daylight,” Scott told the commission.
Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call the 24 hour tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411, beginning the message with “SFPD.” Tips may be made anonymously.