San Francisco prosecutors are expected to announce today whether they will formally charge suspects in Saturday’s brazen mid-Market gang shootout that injured five people — the third broad-daylight shooting in the bustling area this month.
Terrell Blay, 18, of San Francisco, and a 16-year-old boy, whose identity is not being released because he is a minor, were arrested shortly after the shootout at Market and Seventh streets around 6:15 p.m.
Among the wounded were a young man who police said may have been the target of the gang-related dispute, as well as a 74-year-old San Francisco man, a 45-year-old man visiting from England, a 20-year-old UC Santa Cruz student, and a 17-year-old El Cerrito boy.
Blay, who allegedly attempted to conceal a gun and run from police, is being held on charges of possessing a firearm, destroying or concealing evidence and resisting or delaying police, police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said Monday. He was also slapped with gang enhancement charges.
The 16-year-old was charged with several felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, various weapons charges and gang charges.
The shooting was the third in just 18 days to occur in the busy region during daylight.
On June 7, a juvenile male was shot and injured near Fifth and Market streets around 4:30 p.m.
Eleven days later, a gang dispute led to a shooting at the corner of Sixth and Minna streets around 7:35 a.m. A 43-year-old man who was not involved in the dispute was shot in the ear. The shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute between three black men and three Asian men, police said.
The three shootings were not connected, said police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield.
Saturday’s mid-Market shootout, which occurred while The City’s streets bustled with revelers celebrating Pride weekend, involved gangs from the Bayview. The shooting at Sixth and Minna involved gangs living in the South of Market and Tenderloin areas, according to neighbors and police.
Police say the daylight gunfire is not a new trend.
“They happen all over The City,” Dangerfield said. “The ones that are reported seem to be around high-profile events like [last] weekend. ”
Dangerfield noted police had stepped up enforcement during the Pride celebrations last weekend, in response to a shooting at Pink Saturday last year that killed a 19-year-old man and two others in the Castro. Police have said that shooting was also gang related.
Police Chief Greg Suhr said he plans to open a police substation on Sixth Street to crack down on rampant crime in the area.