First homicides of year occur near one another 

click to enlarge The first three homicides of 2011 all occurred within a seven-block radius of a known trouble spot in the Tenderloin in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo) - THE FIRST THREE HOMICIDES OF 2011 ALL OCCURRED WITHIN A SEVEN-BLOCK RADIUS OF A KNOWN TROUBLE SPOT IN THE TENDERLOIN IN SAN FRANCISCO. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • The first three homicides of 2011 all occurred within a seven-block radius of a known trouble spot in the Tenderloin in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
  • The first three homicides of 2011 all occurred within a seven-block radius of a known trouble spot in the Tenderloin in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

The first three homicides in San Francisco this year all occurred within a seven-block radius of a known trouble spot in the Tenderloin.

Community members, however, are quick to defend the neighborhood where the new year got off to a violent start.

Randy Shaw, a member of the Uptown Tenderloin District, said Turk and Taylor streets, where the first homicide of the year occurred, is popular with drug dealers and contains a lot of blight.

“It’s a long-standing problem,” Shaw said. “The drug dealing has been going on for 30 years. It’s very frustrating to see this is allowed to go on in our neighborhood.”

The first homicide of 2011 occurred when 20-year-old Larry Lacy was shot while sitting on the sidewalk at Turk and Taylor streets around 3:20 p.m. Saturday, according to Police Department officials.

Then on Sunday, a man in his 40s confessed to stabbing his 54-year-old roommate in the 1100 block of Market Street — about three blocks away from the first homicide — according to police, making it the second homicide of the year.

The suspect called police around 2:46 p.m. to report the stabbing, according to police. The victim and suspect have yet to be identified.

Lastly, around 9:10 p.m. Sunday, 41-year-old Charles Harrison was killed after being shot in the torso outside the adult-entertainment club New Century Theater at 816 Larkin St., according to police and the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Harrison was shot by a man in his mid-20s whom he argued with in front of the club, police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Shaw said the Tenderloin is not the only neighborhood in The City plagued by violence. In spite of all three incidents occurring in or around the neighborhood, he said, the homicides will not negatively affect the Tenderloin.

“Ninety-nine percent of the time it’s the people involved in the drug trade killing one another,” he said. “If it were our residents, it would be our problem.”

Examiner Staff Writer Mike Aldax and Bay City News contributed to this report.

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