Teen shot in chest in the Portola area

A 17-year-old boy was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after being shot in the chest late Saturday afternoon in the Portola district, in the latest gun violence in San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods.

The boy had been standing with a relative at San Bruno Avenue and Felton Street at 5:35 p.m. when shots rang out, police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said. The boy was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

Several recent homicides have drawn the attention of Mayor Ed Lee, who has suggested a “stop and frisk” weapons policy for the Police Department.

Civil rights advocates warn that the controversial practice, as implemented in other cities, has led to racial profiling.

Workers near the shooting scene on San Bruno Avenue — a commercial district several blocks north of Visitacion
Valley, where much of the recent violence has taken place — said on Sunday that shootings on that street are not unheard of.

“I think it’s pretty common,” said a male employee at the Kragen Auto Parts store, located near the site of the shooting. The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said he has worked there for three years and shootings happen “at least once every six months.”

Down the block, a male worker at a Radio Shack store said co-workers inside the shop Saturday reported hearing three gunshots, followed by yelling.

“This is the first time on this corner in the daytime,” the employee said.

An initial police report said that the boy had been hit in the chest, left arm and right lower back. No one else was injured.

A motive for the attack remains unclear, and no arrests have been made. A teenage male was seen fleeing the scene, Manfredi said, but a detailed description of him was not available.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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