Man shot several times with pellet gun in front of Tenderloin apartment building

A man trying to get into his own Tenderloin apartment building was shot several times with a pellet gun by one of three thugs who were blocking the entrance, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

The incident occurred about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 700 block of Ellis Street. A little while before that, the 42-year-old victim was on his way home when he saw two men standing in front of his building, Newman said. As he entered, the two men tried to enter behind him. He refused them entry.

After about five minutes, the victim went back out and the two men were still there along with another man. There was a verbal back and forth about being denied entry to the building, Newman said, and the victim walked away.

He came back home a bit later and the three men were still in front of his door, Newman said. As he opened the door, he felt a pain in his back. He then turned around and one of the men pointed the pellet gun at him and shot him in the face and chest.

The victim was taken to the hospital for his injuries, which were not life threatening.

There were no detailed descriptions of the suspects, Newman said, but the one with the pellet gun was described as a man, wearing a read and black jacket with a small build.

The other two suspects were described as men in dark clothing. No arrests have been made.

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