Mission shooting victim dies

A man who was shot in the head while sitting in a car at the corner of 18th and Bryant streets Thursday evening was pronounced dead Friday and was identified Monday by the San Francisco Medical Examiner as 28-year old San Francisco resident Giovanni Lechado.

A woman in the car, described by friends as the man's wife, was also shot and sustained life-threatening injuries, according to police. A four-month-old infant that was in the car at the time of the attack was not injured.

Lechado’s death took the number of confirmed homicides in The City this year to 73 — with seven of the homicides occurring in the Mission within the last 18 days.

Less than four hours after the husband and wife were shot Thursday, two men were fatally shot on the corner of 24th and Utah streets. San Francisco resident Noel Espinoza, 19, and San Mateo County resident Matthew Solomon, 23, were both killed; a third victim, a black female, was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The spike in violence has included several other shootings.

On Saturday night at 9:15 p.m., a near-fatal shooting at 23rd and Arkansas streets in Potrero Hill injured two black men, a father and his son, according to police spokesman Sgt Wilfred Williams. The men were aged about 40 and 16, he said. A man shot into the car, Williams said. A third person was also in the car when it was fired upon but was not hurt, according to Williams, who would not provide information about the person’s identity or relationship to the father and son.

Earlier Saturday, about 4:45 a.m., one Hispanic man was shot as he walked with three friends along 23rd Street and Treat Avenue.

The shooting occurred at the same intersection where 18-year-old Jorge Hurtado was killed Aug. 24 and one block away from where Mark Guardado Sr., the 45-year old president of the San Francisco branch of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, was killed.

On Friday, officers responded to McAllister and Fillmore streets in the Western Addition about 7:15 p.m., where 18-year-old Joshua Cameron was shot and killed. Police are searching for an unknown black male suspect, possibly in his 20s.

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Examiner Staff Writer Brent Begin contributed to this report

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