Mission district shooting may be gang related

The owner of El Tin Tan, the Mission district bar where according to police, five people were injured Monday night in a possibly gang-related shooting, described the violence as “craziness.”

In a phone interview Tuesday morning, Christina Gomez said she was not working at the time, but had spoken with workers who had been.

“Everybody was pretty shook up,” she said.

The shooting happened at about 11 p.m. outside the bar, located in a busy section of 16th Street between Mission and Valencia streets.

Police said five men, all between the ages of 26 and 46, were hit by gunfire. A 36-year-old man’s wounds were considered life-threatening.

According to Gomez, the shooting began just after some customers left the bar.

“I understand there were two shooters, they were standing across the street at Mission National (Bank) and started shooting from there,” Gomez said. She said the shooters made their way as far as the middle of the street, firing off about 50 shots.

“When they started shooting, everybody hit the floor,” Gomez said.

“I guess they didn’t really care who they shot, because they shot my door, the Pancho Villa” – restaurant next door – “door got shot, and there was a car parked on the street that had bullets in it,” she said.

In addition to the victims who were shot outside, customers inside her bar were grazed by bullets, and possibly a cashier at Pancho Villa, according to Gomez.

“This was just craziness,” she said.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Two suspect vehicles, a red Trans-Am and a Chevy Caprice station wagon, were seen fleeing the scene, according to police. The two suspects were described as Hispanic men in their early 20s.

The victims were also Hispanic, police said.

Police are investigating whether the shooting was gang related. A spate of stabbings and shootings, including one fatality, was touched off in recent weeks, after exchanges of gang graffiti on Norteño and Sureño turf in the district.

The San Francisco Police Department said last week that the gang violence had abated, in part due to increased police presence in the area. But now it may have started again.

“There’s so much here going on with that, that you never know,” Gomez said.


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