San Francisco shooting called case of mistaken identity 

Gang members shot a man they mistook for a rival as he sat on a front doorstep Monday night in the Bayview district, police said.

Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said two young men walked up to the 22-year-old man in the 1400 block of Thomas Avenue near Keith Street at about 8:30 p.m. and demanded to know what gang he “claimed.”

The man denied he was a gang member but one of the suspects pulled a semiautomatic handgun anyway, and shot him several times in the shoulder, Esparza said. The two suspected gang members then fled on foot.

The victim was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries.
No arrests were made.

According to police, the shooter was described as a Hispanic man between the ages of 18 and 20, about 5-feet-7 inches tall and 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweater and a red beanie or bandana. His accomplice was described as a Hispanic man of unknown age, about 5-feet 8-inches tall and 160 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black beanie.

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