Homicide in San Francisco's Mission district is third within a week 

San Francisco police are investigating a homicide in the Mission district — the third killing in the neighborhood within a week.

Officers responding to a call of shots fired around 2:20 a.m. Monday found a victim with gunshot wounds to the head and chest on Camp Street near Guerrero Street, a quiet residential block near bustling 16th Street.

The victim, who hasn’t been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses reported hearing an argument and then three to four gunshots, Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Stunned neighbors said they heard two shots, a pause, and then at least one other shot. A scream was heard. A man was heard “sounding very cocky” before shots were fired, according to a neighbor who wished to remain anonymous.

Neighbors were shocked at the violence. Drug users will use the quiet block to shoot up, and homeless people will sleep on stoops, but they are mostly harmless, neighbor Chad Franklin said.
Franklin said he’s only heard of one other shooting in 37 years living on the block.

The killing marks the third homicide in the Mission in less than a week.

Early Tuesday morning, a cook smoking a cigarette outside an eatery at 19th and San Carlos streets was shot dead in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity.

The killer thought line cook Gaspar Puch-tzek, 22, a father of two who held two jobs, was a Sureño gang member, which he was not, police said.

Late Tuesday night, a known gang member was shot dead in the 800 block of Hampshire Street, police said.

Franklin said more visitors are coming to the district for its recent influx of upscale restaurants. They don’t realize that parts of the neighborhood can be sketchy, he said.

“They assume everything is safe,” he said. “You have all the upscale restaurants showing up, but the other element hasn’t left.”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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