A Friday afternoon shooting at Haight Street and Central Avenue could have been far more horrible, as it happened right across the street from the Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila Elementary School, and occurred at 3:30 p.m. on a weekday. The first public mentioning of the shooting, which SFist reported Saturday took out a window at Ritual Roasters window and left bullet holes in a reported 10 cars, was from the district’s supervisor Dean Preston, who posted Saturday that “This is extremely unsettling and has rattled the entire community,” but that “As of this morning, there are no reported injuries.”
As of this morning, there are no reported injuries, and no suspects have been identified or apprehended. We will provide additional updates as we learn more. We have also reached out to the owner of Ritual Coffee to offer assistance. 3/4— Dean Preston (@DeanPreston) October 23, 2021
But as of Sunday morning, the San Francisco Police Department Park Station revised their assessment, and not in a good way. “We located one victim who was transported to the hospital for life-threatening injuries.” There has since been no additional reporting on the victim’s identity or current condition.
On 10/22/21 at approximately 3:25 pm officers responded to Haight and Buena Vista regarding shots fired. Officers arrived on scene and located evidence that shots were fired in the area. We located one victim who was transported to the hospital for life-threatening injuries.— SFPD Park Station (@SFPDPark) October 24, 2021
But this is part of a troubling pattern on Haight Street. In early September, there was a shooting and an unrelated stabbing in a two-day span in the Lower Haight, according to the Chronicle. Then on Saturday night, according to the tweet below from SFPD investigations commander Raj Vaswani, a shooting led to a car crash at Haight and Buchanan Streets. Vaswani adds that “At [this] time we don't believe this is connected to the shooting [in] Upper Haight few days ago.”
Last night after 9PM, #SFPD Officers responded to a shooting/vehicle crash in the area of Haight & Buchanan. V was shot while driving. At these time we don't believe this is connected to the shooting Upper Haight few days ago. V has life-threatening injuries @SFPDPark pic.twitter.com/HW0J20Hbor— R. Vaswani (@sfvas) October 24, 2021
Understandably, anxiety is running high on Haight Street given these cumulative incidents. The SFPD Park Station will hold a Virtual Community Safety Meeting over Zoom on Wednesday, October 27, at 6:30 p.m. (Registration is required). This is a monthly recurring meeting, but in the wake of recent shootings, an unusually urgent one for the neighborhood.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact the SFPD anonymous Tipline at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411 and start the message with “SFPD.”