A deadly shooting outside a vacant clothing store in the Mission District early Tuesday killed a 34-year-old man and seriously injured another in only the latest of many homicides recorded in the neighborhood this year.
Hubert Coleman Jr., of Richmond, was rushed to the hospital alongside a 46-year-old man and died after being shot at around 3 a.m. near 16th and Mission streets, police said. The older man suffered life-threatening injuries.
Later in the morning, shattered glass covered the sidewalk beneath a blown out window at Marian’s Men’s and Women’s Apparel at 2046 Mission St. The vacant storefront has become a gathering spot for some in the neighborhood since the business closed down in recent years, according to an employee across the street.
“I don’t think they’re doing anything good,” said Alex Suen, who has worked at Mona’s Apparel directly across from the shop for 28 years.
The San Francisco Police Department has not made an arrest in the homicide and said the shooter, who used a handgun, is “unknown.”
Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who represents the area, said police do not believe the killing was a “random shooting.”
“This is another wake up call, not that we needed it, that the Mission is hurting and we need to address the very complicated social problems that are manifesting in dangerous ways in one neighborhood in The City,” Ronen said. “It’s hard to say that there is any one intervention that is going to make a difference.”
The shooting marked the sixth homicide so far in the Mission District this year, not including the fatal police shooting of 19-year-old Jesus Delgado-Duarte at 21st and Capp Streets in March. The killings represent a fourth of the 24 homicides recorded in San Francisco so far in 2018.
On June 30, 29-year-old Marcos Martin Interian was killed in a triple shooting on a Saturday night near 17th and Mission streets. Just over a week earlier, a restaurant worker named Carlos Chan-Cocom was shot and killed outside his apartment June 22 near Harrison and 23rd streets.
Notably, the Mission was also the neighborhood where Lisa Gonzales allegedly killed and dismembered her 61-year-old roommate at their 255 14th St. home.
Despite the killings, a manager at the pawn shop next to the vacant store where the latest shooting happened said violence in the Mission appears to have improved over previous decades.
“I think it seems a little bit better,” said Sal, a manager at Casa De Empeno Pawn Shop and resident of the Mission since 1982 who declined to provide his last name. He said when violence does occur, it “happens after hours.”
“It’s not something we see,” Sal said.
This story has been updated to include additional information including comments from Supervisor Hillary Ronen and the identity of the victim.
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