Ingleside residents and shopkeepers are reeling from an emotional scene Saturday in which The City’s latest victim of gun violence, a teenager waiting at a Muni bus stop, was brought back from the edge of death.
The shooting occurred about 6:10 p.m. at the intersection of Jules and Ocean avenues. A 16-year-old boy was waiting with a friend for the K-Ingleside train when two suspects walked up and shot him in the neck, according to police and witnesses.
A man in his 20s with dreadlocks then grabbed the wounded boy under the armpits and dragged him to the sidewalk in front of Ocean Avenue Books, said Diane Goodman, who was closing up the used-books store when she heard two popping sounds.
“The guy was absolutely frantic,” Goodman said. “He was trying to revive the boy and screaming ‘You got to live’ and ‘Come on you got to make it.’”
In a matter of minutes, paramedics arrived and began reviving the boy. His eyes were glazed and his mouth was open, Goodman said. Suddenly, the boy’s arms and legs started flailing, and paramedics took him to San Francisco General Hospital where, on Sunday evening, he was recovering from the life-threatening wound.
Investigators are still working through dozens of eyewitness accounts. No arrests have been made.
Police also are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting in the 600block of Pacific Avenue. The man was shot about 2:30 a.m., police said, and the severity of his injuries was not immediately known. No arrests were made.
The violence continued Sunday night, when a man was shot and killed in the area of Fulton and Octavia streets about 6 p.m. The victim of that shooting was pronounced dead at the scene and no arrests were made, according to police.
The City has seen a surge in homicides in the last two years, with 35 people already killed in 2008.
From the beginning of 2008 to April 20, 68 victims of gunshot wounds have been treated at San Francisco General Hospital, according to the Department of Public Health. The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice also put the unofficial number of shootings this year at about 70.
So far, 29 of 2008’s 35 homicide victims were shot to death. In 2007, 73 of the decade-high 98 homicides were the result of gun violence.