The Visitacion Valley turned into the Wild West for a few hours Wednesday night, with two separate shootings within a block of each other that injured two men, one critically.
A 22-year-old man suffered a bullet to his chest during an apparent drive-by shooting near Sunnydale Avenue and Hahn Street just before 9 p.m., Police Department Sgt. Daryl Fong said.
Cops patrolling the area heard gunfire before finding the victim in the 200 block of Hahn Street. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Fong said.
The victim was able to tell cops that he was shot by four people riding in a four-door, yellow Toyota, police said. There was no further description, Fong said.
The SFPD gang task force is investigating, Fong said.
Police were looking into whether the incident might have been related to a shooting about a block away two hours later.
A 24-year-old man was shot in the calf just before 11 p.m. in the 1800 block of Sunnydale Avenue, police Officer Albie Esparza said. However, his injuries were not life-threatening.
The victim told police he was hanging out with pals about a block away from the shooting. He began walking eastbound on Sunnydale and heard gunfire, Esparza said. He looked up and saw two people shooting at him. He fell to the ground after being shot, Esparza said.
The suspects fled. The victim did not provide a detailed description of the pair, Esparza said.
“I’m sure [investigators] are looking at any possible links between the shootings based on location, proximity and time frame,” Fong said. “But a link has not been determined at this point that I’m aware of.”
Police have not said whether the gun violence was in any way connected to the recent killing of a man affiliated with a local gang. Late last month, 21-year-old Diondre “D-Nice” Young — who was named in a 2010 injunction as an active member of the so-called Towerside gang in Visitacion Valley — was found shot to death at Main and Harrison streets.
“Don’t have any information that it’s related to Young’s death,” Fong said. “The investigation is too preliminary at this point.”