Boy, 11, among Western Addition
juvenile shooting victims
By Tamara Barak
June 14, 2007
An 11-year-old boy is among the seven victims of gun
violence that flared up in a Western Addition public housing
complex Wednesday night and today, San Francisco police said.
The child and his two companions - boys ages 14 and 16 - represent
this morning's victims. They are all expected to survive, San
Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said this afternoon.
The boys were shot at 8:53 a.m. at 3 Friendship Circle between
McAllister and Fulton streets, according to authorities. Gittens
said three to four male suspects approached the boys and started
The triple shooting occurred in the same area where four people
- including an innocent bystander - were wounded in a shooting
less than 12 hours earlier.
Both incidents are the result of a dispute between two groups
that live in different public housing developments in the city,
Wednesday night's shooting at the housing project was reported
at 9:31 p.m. Police said that three boys - two 17-year-olds and
a 16-year-old -- were walking when they were approached by a group
of seven males who began shooting at them, wounding the trio.
Two of the teenagers were transported to San Francisco General
Hospital and are expected survive, according to police. The third
went to Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center by himself
and is still fighting for his life, police said.
A 28-year-old man was slightly wounded when a bullet ricocheted
off a door and struck him in the thigh, Gittens said. The man
was an innocent bystander, according to police.
San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi blasted the city's mayor,
police chief and district attorney following this morning's shooting.
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.
Gittens said this morning, however, that there was a significant
police presence following Wednesday night's shooting. He said
he wasn't sure if police were still in the area when the violence
erupted again this morning.
The Police Department has stepped up its number of both uniformed
and plainclothes officers since this morning's shooting, Gittens
Mirkarimi called for "an aggressive intervention to deal
with the gun violence that's occurring between different housing
The supervisor 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.
The Police Department's gang task force continues to investigate
both shootings. There have been no arrests.
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