SFPD to increase presence in Mission District following spate of crime

Three people were injured in two separate shootings in the Mission District on Thursday morning, further punctuating an already bloody month for that neighborhood.

Over a roughly two week period starting in late May, three people have been killed in separate violent incidents in the district, and five others have been shot, according to police.

Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission, said police tell him the recent violence has no clear trend.

“There’s always fear and concern,” he said of his constituents. “Sometimes there are spikes and sometimes there are lows and maybe there is no explanation.”

In the meantime, there will be increased police presence in the area, said Campos.

Campos said he plans to have a followup meeting next week with police to focus on crime around 16th and Mission streets, the site of the most recent shooting which occurred mid-morning Thursday.

Police did not return calls for comment Thursday.

Violent month

On May 30, a 27-year-old woman was killed in a Mission District shooting. Tiara Williams, a Richmond resident, was shot to death shortly before 3 a.m. by a man in a light-colored sedan in the area of 18th and Alabama streets.

Then, on June 5, a man died of a stab wound. Larry Peevy, 55, was found at 16th and Mission streets at 7:40 a.m. He was transported to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Late June 12, a man was shot in the face in the Mission. The 45-year-old victim was arguing with the suspect, described by police as a 53-year-old man, in the 500 block of South Van Ness Avenue shortly before midnight when the suspect allegedly pulled out a handgun and opened fire, police said.

The victim was transported to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the face, but is expected to survive his injuries, according to police. The suspect was arrested, but police had not released his name as of Monday morning.

On Tuesday, an Alameda man was shot and killed near the intersection of Shotwell and 20th streets just after 4 a.m. The 32-year-old victim, Robert Lewis, was taken to a nearby hospital, but died from his wounds.

Early Thursday, two men were shot and critically injured while sitting in a car around 2:15 a.m. in the area of 17th and Mission streets. The victims, ages 39 and 36, were sitting in their vehicle when a black sedan approached and a driver got out.

The driver approached the victims’ vehicle and opened fire at them, police said. Both victims suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for their injuries, which are considered life-threatening, police said.

Later Thursday, around 9 a.m., a man was shot once near the intersection of Mission and 16th Streets. He is expected to survive.

Citywide, there have been 26 homicides this year, according to police.


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