Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Crime & Emergencies
Published on October 25, 2021
One person was shot and had “life-threatening injuries” in Friday’s Upper Haight shooting Image: @LgaFrancis via Twitter

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.”


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.


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.”


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.”