A bullet grazed a man’s head Tuesday in the drug-addled Tenderloin district, where at least three shootings have occurred since Saturday.
Two people were shot dead in the neighborhood over the weekend. That almost happened again to a 29-year-old man at Turk and Larkin streets around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
The gunman approached the victim from behind and pistol-whipped him, police said Wednesday. The victim turned to confront the gunman, who shot and missed. The bullet grazed the victim’s forehead, police said.
No arrest has been made in the case.
Since the start of 2011, there have been three homicides in the Tenderloin.
Larry Lacy, 20, was shot dead while sitting on the sidewalk at the corner of Turk and Taylor streets around 3:20 p.m. Saturday, police said.
On Sunday around 9:10 p.m., 41-year-old Charles Harrison was fatally shot in the torso outside the strip club, New Century Theater, at 816 Larkin St., according to police and the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.
Harrison was shot by a man in his mid-20s who he argued with in front of the club, Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
Earlier that afternoon, a man in his 40s confessed to stabbing his 54-year-old roommate in the 1100 block of Market Street, cops said. The suspect called police around 2:46 p.m. to report the stabbing.
The three Tenderloin homicides last weekend, which accounts for all homicides in The City in 2011, occurred within a seven-block radius of a known trouble spot.
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.”