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San Francisco shooting called case of mistaken identity

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Gang members shot a man they mistook for a rival as he sat on a front doorstep Monday night in the Bayview district, police said.

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said two young men walked up to the 22-year-old man in the 1400 block of Thomas Avenue near Keith Street at about 8:30 p.m. and demanded to know what gang he “claimed.”

The man denied he was a gang member but one of the suspects pulled a semiautomatic handgun anyway, and shot him several times in the shoulder, Esparza said. The two suspected gang members then fled on foot.

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The victim was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries.
No arrests were made.

According to police, the shooter was described as a Hispanic man between the ages of 18 and 20, about 5-feet-7 inches tall and 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweater and a red beanie or bandana. His accomplice was described as a Hispanic man of unknown age, about 5-feet 8-inches tall and 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black beanie.

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