Christmas Day violence across SF may be gang related

Two gun battles and a beating marked a violent Christmas Day in San Francisco, and police believe the incidents may be linked to gang feuds, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

Two of the incidents, both in the South of Market neighborhood, left one man beaten and two shot.

The shooting near Fourth and Folsom streets — police were alerted after someone told a doorman at the Holy Cow nightclub that he’d been robbed by a masked gunman with an assault rifle — involved a rolling gun battle in the middle of a city street.

That gunfight occurred shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday and injured two men. Both victims — who have links to the Big Block gang out of Hunters Point — were in the same car, according to a police source who did not want to be identified.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Not long afterward, a group of people exiting a recording studio near 2025 McKinnon Ave. in the Bayview were fired upon and fired back, resulting in a gunfight that littered the area with shell casings and left at least one man injured. At least one person there has links with Big Block, according to the same police source.

At least one theory for this spate of violence aimed at Big Block members and associates is the recent killing of West Mob-connected city worker Jermaine Jackson near San Francisco General Hospital in late November. Jackson’s alleged killer, 26-year-old-Michael Higginbotham, is believed to have links to Big Block.

The night’s third incident, which has resulted in three arrests, left a man hospitalized after a beating near the same SoMa nightclub and at the same time as the shooting.

Three men were booked into County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder for their alleged part in a beating, according to police, who say the victim was associated with Oakdale Mob, a Bayview-Hunters Point gang.

Dexter Currington, 24, Gethsemone Pita, 24, and Elias Walker, 21, were all booked on attempted murder among other charges for allegedly taking part in the beating.

The 24-year-old victim reportedly attempted to break up a fight and was then attacked by one of the suspects who “sucker-punched” the man who then fell to the ground.

Once on the ground, another of the men began kicking the man in the head. Police arrested one of the suspects at the scene and the second fled.

The victim was transported with head trauma and was expected to survive.

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