A San Francisco resident who rescued another man from an assault in the Mission district on Thursday evening was fatally shot.
Thirty-two year old Jesus Estrada and his 29-year-old friend successfully defended a young man under attack by a group of young men on the corner of Harrison and 25th streets.</p>
The group of young men retreated, but threatened to return. Ten minutes later they came back and shot the two men, according to San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina. The shooting occurred at about 6:45 p.m. on the sidewalk near Garfield Square park.
The victims were transported to the San Francisco General Hospital, where Estrada was pronounced dead, and his friend was treated with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and later released. Estrada was a construction worker, who casually worked on cars, according to Mannina.
The group of young men, described only as African-Americans, ran away after the shooting. No arrests have been made.
Thursday’s homicide comes in the wake of seven shootings and five deaths over the past seven days.
San Francisco’s homicide count has risen to 57, according to Mannina. Last year, a record-setting 96 homicides occurred in San Francisco.
Reacting to the recent violence, the Board of Supervisors has approved spending $273,000 to purchase 22 additional surveillance cameras. There are currently 33 surveillance cameras monitoring 14 locations in The City’s high-crime neighborhoods including Bayview, Western Addition, Mission and Bernal Heights.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi believes more foot patrol police officers will curb the violence. The Board of Supervisors will vote next month on legislation of his that would require foot patrols for one year in the high-crime areas surrounding the San Francisco Police Department’s Northern and Park stations.