Shotgun slaying raises Hispanic gang concerns

A man killed by the blast of a sawed-off shotgun about noon Friday on a bustling Mission district sidewalk was identified Saturday as 30-year-old Armando Estrada of Rodeo.

Two men with bandannas covering their faces approached Estrada near the Ritmo Latino music store at the corner of Mission and 20th streets, according to witnesses. A single shotgun blast was reported at 12:12 p.m. Estrada later was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital.

Investigators are considering the possibility the crime was gang-related, as the area is known as gang territory, according to police Sgt. Neville Gittens.

On Thursday evening at the same intersection, two people were stabbed and another shot with a BB gun. All three sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, and police have not positively linked that incident with Friday’s shooting.

Police have been allocating more resources to the Mission district lately over concerns of a rise in Hispanic gang violence, Mayor Gavin Newsom said Saturday. He said the last few months in the Mission district have led to a “tougher year” than in the past.

“We’re starting to see violence in the Mission start to increase, so that means we have to change our strategies and be more sensitive to that,” Newsom said.

The slaying was The City’s 54th homicide of the year. In 2007, when The City recorded a decade-high 98 homicides, there were 56 killings at the same time of the year.

Anyone with information about the shooting may call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

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Bay City News contributed to this report.

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