The shooting of two women outside a South of Market nightclub early Monday morning spurred the signing of legislation directed at entertainment venues and reignited talks about the violence.
Around 2 a.m., two women, ages 22 and 26, were injured in a shooting outside the SoMa nightclub 1015 Folsom at Folsom and Harriet streets, police said.
The women “were walking along Harriet with a bunch of friends” when the gunfire rang out, striking one in the upper arm and the other in the left ankle, police said.
Several guns were thought to have been used in the shooting because different casings were found at the scene, according to police.
It was not clear whether the violence was connected to anything that may have started inside the nightclub or whether the women were in 1015 Folsom prior to the shooting, police said.
An ongoing spate of violence at city nightclubs has vexed police and politicians, and it has prompted calls for policy changes to stiffen enforcement.
On Monday morning, Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a measure into law that gives the Entertainment Commission power to revoke the operating permits of troubled nightclubs.
Newsom “deplores the shootings and senseless violence” and sends his condolences to the families of victims, his spokesman, Tony Winnicker, told The Examiner on Monday.
The mayor said he’s meeting with promoters and nightclub owners Wednesday night to discuss some of the recent violence, including a fatal shooting outside Jelly’s, a Mission Bay nightclub.
“We’ve had some problematic clubs with histories of violence,” said Supervisor David Chiu, whose district includes Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Union Square and Nob Hill.
He said The City averages at least one club-related shooting a month.
The problem is, Newsom said, San Francisco can’t regulate its way out of the problem.
“That’s been the frustration,” he said. “A lot of these are promoters that do not even live in San Francisco; they are fly-by promoters. You will see in a down economy or a recession that they are more aggressive to get people in the door and they are promoting in ways they typically wouldn’t.”
Examiner Staff Writer Erin Sherbert and wire services contributed to this report.