Seven shot in Western Addition violence

Two days into the summer vacation, seven teenage boys were shot in the Western Addition in two separate incidents at the same public housing project.

The first incident — at the Friendship Village housing project near Fillmore Street — occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night and resulted in four youths being hit by gunfire. The second incident wounded three others and took place less than 12 hours later, at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

London Breed, executive director of the African American Art and Culture Complex, located near Friendship Village, said she knows the wounded youths — one of whom is fighting for his life — and said the youngest is around 13 years old and the oldest is only 17. She expressed frustration at what she called “turf wars.”

“It’s like kids who would maybe have fights are now shooting each other,” said London, who noted that a music recording program the teenagers were involved with had been on hold for several weeks due to gunshot holes in the windows that were in the process of being repaired.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, whose district covers the Western Addition, said the shootings were likely gang-related. He cast blame for the second incident on San Francisco police Chief Heather Fong, saying she had promised Wednesday night to boost police presence in Friendship Village after the first incident. The second shooting occurred just a few feet away from the first, he said.

According to police, a group of seven males from a nearby housing development opened fire on the group at Friendship Village on Wednesday night, wounding four males, including a bystander who was hitwith a stray bullet. In the second shooting Thursday morning, three or four males again attacked a group from Friendship Village, wounding three.

Patrols were stepped up in the Western Addition, according to a police spokesperson. No arrests have been made.

Staff writers Adam Martin and Alexandria Rocha contributed to this story.

beslinger@examiner.com


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