Bayview man takes a bullet for cousin’s loose lips 

The victim of a shooting in the Bayview on Sunday waited more than three hours to call for medical help – then, police said, he claimed he was shot for being related to a smack talker.

Police responded to the unit block of Harbor Road at 9:12 a.m. and found a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his lower back.

A relative told police the wounded young man came to his home at 6 a.m. and did not want to call 911. However, police said, he became worried about the excessive bleeding. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to survive.

The victim initially told cops he didn’t know the suspect, but the truth came out later at the hospital when the victim admitted to his family that he knows the shooter and an insult led to the violence, police said Monday.

The victim said his cousin had insulted the alleged shooter’s girlfriend, who lives in the neighborhood, at an earlier date. To exact revenge, the girlfriend allegedly lured the victim out of his house, allowing her boyfriend to shoot him. The victim was shot “because he was related to the subject who had offended her,” police were told.

The cousin was scheduled to be shot next, but the suspects fled after the gunfire, police said.

Investigators went to the girlfriend’s home, but neither she nor the boyfriend was there. Her family gave cops the boyfriend’s address, but he wasn’t there either. Police asked his family to encourage him to surrender.

At 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the 19-year-old shooting suspect and his 17-year-old girlfriend turned themselves in, police said.

The boyfriend was booked on suspicion of attempted homicide and violating probation. His girlfriend was interviewed and released to her parents. Further investigation could lead to charges against her, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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