Weekend killings raise San Francisco homicide toll to 15 so far this year 

The frigid weekend concluded with two fatal shootings and a stabbing that left a man struggling to stay alive, propelling The City’s homicide count to at least 15 this year.

The most recent killing happened around 7:40 p.m. Saturday. Police found Aldo Hernandez, 25, dead with gunshot wounds in the driver’s seat of what was thought to be his own car near the Potrero Hill Recreation Center.

Hernandez was found near Dakota and 23rd streets, Sgt. Mike Andraychak said. He appeared to be the “intended target,” he said.

That discovery came two hours after a shooting at 25th and Connecticut streets, which is believed to be unrelated. The victim, a man in his 50s, is expected to survive.

Meanwhile, early Saturday morning 24-year-old Aldo Troncoso was fatally shot near 17th and Mission streets. He died at a hospital.

The Police Department’s gang task force is investigating the case. A makeshift memorial for Troncoso included candles, flowers, blue bandanas and a sign reading “RIP Aldo a.k.a. Trigger,” Bay City News reported.

Less than an hour before that homicide and just a block away, a man in his 20s walked out of a bar and was confronted by at least four people. He was stabbed multiple times and is in critical condition. He told police the suspects were gang members.

Despite recent suggestions by city officials, interim police Chief Jeff Godown said he does not think more foot patrols would have prevented these crimes.

“They are targeting certain people,” Godown said. “We’re assessing each of those homicides and putting officers in certain locations to make sure it doesn’t keep happening.”

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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