Police mum about stabbing that puts 2 men in hospital

An attack in the Mission Terrace neighborhood early Sunday morning that police said could have been a random act left two men in their 20s with several stab wounds.

The incident occurred just before 2:30 a.m. when the two men were walking near Norton and Mission streets and were approached by one or more people carrying knives.

Police on Sunday revealed minimal details surrounding the violence. They stated that the men were seriously injured but were expected to survive. No suspects had been arrested.

“The victim was walking and the victim got stabbed multiple times by unknown suspects. … Weapon-type: knife,” police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

Police on Sunday also did not reveal any distinct suspect description or what a motive for the attack could have been.

“It’s still under investigation,” Esparza said.

Despite the incident happening shortly after the two late-night bars in the area closed, Pete Whitcomb, who owns nearby Pissed Off Pete’s bar, said he does not believe the suspects were part of an after-pub crowd.

“We get people from around the neighborhood in here … regulars,” Whitcomb said. “[Crime] was bad here for a while, but we don’t get too much of it anymore.”

Crime statistics from the San Francisco Police Department show Whitcomb’s observations are correct. Police at the Ingleside Station have seen a 10 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes in the area. Last year at this time there were 921 such incidents, but the number now is closer to 840.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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