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Teenage girl shot in troubled Western Addition neighborhood

Gunfire erupted in the Western Addition on Tuesday night and people ran for their dear lives after a teen was shot in the leg — the second such incident involving a 15-year-old girl in the past three months.

The teenage victim was standing with a group of friends in the 1800 block of Eddy Street about 8:40 p.m. when she was struck in her right thigh, police Sgt. Daryl Fong said Wednesday.

She was rushed to the hospital, but her injuries were not life-threatening.

“When officers arrived on the scene, paramedics were already there,” Fong said. There had been no arrests or suspects identified as of Wednesday, he said.

“The victim was standing on the block with a group of friends when she heard numerous shots ring out and felt a sharp pain in her thigh,” Fong said.

A vehicle parked nearby also sustained damage from the gunfire, Fong said.

An employee at Pearl Market, a nearby liquor store at Eddy and Divisadero streets, said he was working Tuesday night, but did not hear gunfire. He said customers told him they saw people scurrying away from the shooting scene.

The incident did not seem to faze the store clerk, who indicated that shootings are a common occurrence in the neighborhood.

In September, a 24-year-old woman was shot in the leg in a parking lot on the same block. The shooter fled through a Western Addition housing project area. The victim refused to talk to police about the incident and no witnesses immediately came forward.

And in October, another 15-year-old girl was shot in the arm, police said. She also refused to cooperate with police.

Fong said when cops are investigating such incidents, they are “dependent on witnesses coming forward to assist in investigations and any leads.”

Shootings are not the only crimes associated with the area.

In November, two teens from Chinatown were robbed by a group of three people. But the victims, who lost their cellphone and cash, could not positively identify the suspects.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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