Two men were killed this weekend blocks away and hours apart from each other in the Tenderloin, in two separate incidents police say are probably unrelated.
The deaths, one shooting and one stabbing, topped off a weekend in The City that also saw a nonfatal shooting in the Bayview district, a nonfatal stabbing near Ingleside and a crash that seriously injured one bicyclist in the Richmond district.
At 10:24 p.m. Saturday, police responded to 175 Golden Gate Ave. after reports that a man was suffering from a single stab wound in his chest, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said. About three hours later, approximately 1:05 a.m. Sunday, a man reportedly wearing a mask and black hood shot another man at 985 Market St.
The San Francisco Chief Medical Examiner’s Office on Sunday identified the Tenderloin shooting victim as Ernest Johnson, 29, who died at San Francisco General Hospital after the incident. The medical examiner has not determined where Johnson resided.
The stabbing victim, whom the medical examiner has not yet been able to identify, also died at San Francisco General after succumbing to the stab wounds.
Police are on the lookout for suspects. The stabber was described as a black man, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall with bushy hair. He fled the scene on a bicycle, according to police. The shooter was described only as a man wearing a mask and black hood.
Pape Ndoye, manager of House of Jeans on Market Street located near the murders, said his area of the neighborhood had been fairly quiet until the incidents, save for the occasional broken window and general vandalism. He said that while his store was business as usual on Sunday, an increased police presence on his block would be welcome.
“I think we need a little more security here,” said Ndoye, who has been working at the store located between Fifth and Sixth streets for five years. “People will come in, bother the employees and bother the customers.”
The victim of the nonfatal stabbing, which occurred at 2:55 p.m. Saturday on the 200 block of Ocean Avenue, was reportedly in stable condition at San Francisco General on Sunday.
A nonfatal shooting victim, who was shot in the chest at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday near Third and Fairfax avenues, was also reportedly in stable condition, according to police operations.
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