Mirkarimi blasts City over Western Addition violence
"I'm all over the mayor and all over the
and all over city agencies to give me a detailed plan"
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. File
By Tamara Barak
June 14, 2007
San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi this morning blasted
the city's mayor, police chief and district attorney after two
separate shootings in the same Western Addition public housing
project wounded seven people.
This morning's triple shooting in the Friendship Village development
between McAllister and Fulton streets occurred in the same area
where four people - including an innocent bystander - were shot
less than 12 hours earlier.
"It's literally the same location - we're talking not even
5 yards away," Mirkarimi said.
Mirkarimi, who represents the neighborhood on the city's Board
of Supervisors, said he came out to the scene of both shootings.
After the first incident, San Francisco Police Chief Heather
Fong assured him she would provide police presence in Friendship
Village, Mirkarimi said.
"I expected a fixed
presence of SFPD and I learned there was not and I'm not happy
about it," he said.
Medical personnel responded to this morning's triple shooting
at 8:53 a.m. at 3 Friendship Court, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy
Talmadge said all three people were conscious and breathing and
were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, Talmadge said.
Mirkarimi said the victims were teenage boys.
"I'm theorizing, but I believe it was gang-related,"
he said. "We need an aggressive intervention to deal with
the gun violence that's occurring between different housing developments."
Wednesday night's shooting at the housing project was reported
9:31 p.m. Police said that three males were walking when they
were approached by a group of seven males who began shooting at
them, wounding the trio.
Two of those victims were transported to San Francisco General
Hospital and are expected survive, according to police. The third
person went to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center
by himself and is fighting for his life, police said.
A fourth victim - a male bystander who was hit by a stray bullet
- is expected to survive, police said.
Mirkarimi said he is frustrated with District Attorney Kamala
Harris' failure to aggressively prosecute cases he's referred
to her office.
"The district attorney needs to start prosecuting cases
that show people that you can't commit violent crime with impunity,"
"You have - literally - elementary school kids and teenagers
carrying guns and shooting people and not knowing the difference
between right and wrong.
If their parents and guardians have abdicated their ability,
then someone needs to step up to the plate."
The supervisor said it's been an "agitating" experience
trying to get coordinated violence prevention services from the
city's juvenile probation, recreation and parks and workforce
development departments to combat the Western Addition's spike
"Today I'm all over the mayor and all over the police chief
and all over city agencies to give me a detailed plan," as
to how they're going to provide a safe summer, Mirkarimi said.
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