Gunfire rang out at the corner of Sixth and Minna streets around 7:35 a.m. The shooting was the result of an argument between three black men and three Asian men, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
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A bullet struck the bystander near his left ear as he walked on the sidewalk, police said. He was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, Dangerfield said.
Neighbors say the gunfire erupted as part of an ongoing war between an Asian gang in the Tenderloin and a black gang in SoMa.
Talk on the street is that the dispute began at 2:30 a.m. and resumed hours later. Police confirmed they responded to a fight in the area around 3 a.m., but said witnesses and victims in that dispute refused to cooperate with cops.
Around 7:30 a.m., neighbor Joy Roach said she heard two shots that sounded like firecrackers.
Stevie Garcia, who lives above a coffee shop across the street from where the shooting occurred, said she witnessed the shooting's aftermath. She said she heard three "pops," ran to her window and saw blood gushing from the man's ear.
The neighborhood is known for open drug dealing, boozing, and public urination and defecation, said Pastor Mike Moberg, who runs a youth recreation center right across the street from where the shooting occurred.
“We’ve got bullet holes in this building,” he said, referring to the rec center.
Moberg said police do a good job patrolling the neighborhood but there is simply too much crime.
“I feel they are overwhelmed,” he said.
Efforts to clean up the area have been marginal, the pastor added.
“It’s like putting lipstick on a pig’s snout,” Moberg said.
The Asian suspects fled the scene by car. Moberg described the gangbangers as Cambodian.
Further descriptions of the car and suspects were not immediately available, Dangerfield said. The police gang task force and cops at Southern Station are investigating, he said.