Man shot near Mission district cafe in another pellet gun attack 

A man said he was shot with a pellet gun Sunday as he was walking into a Mission district cafe in the latest such shooting in The City.

The victim, who requested anonymity, said the incident happened about 10:15 a.m. at My Corner Cafe at South Van Ness Avenue at 26th Street. The man called police and filed a report, he said.

The San Francisco resident said this was not an "isolated instance" and that other reports have been made to police of similar incidents in the area where he was shot.

The victim told police he heard the sound of a gun firing and then noticed he had been struck in the torso, Officer Albie Esparza said. He looked around at nearby rooftops but didn't see anyone. The victim said he thinks the suspect lives across the street from the cafe.

Police responded to the scene and talked to the victim and other witnesses, Esparza said. A vague description of the shooter was given — a male age 16 to 25, possibly with a large build, long hair and tattoos.

Elsewhere around The City, several other pellet gun-type attacks have been reported in the past few months.

Earlier in July, police engaged in a standoff with a man armed only with a pellet gun in the 2400 block of Bryant Street. In that case, a squabble between roommates led one of the residents to arm himself with the pellet gun. Police were called and surrounded the building for three hours before evacuating it and arresting the suspect.

A day before that incident, a 74-year-old man was shot with a pellet gun while walking down a Tenderloin street, just blocks away from a previous pellet gun attack that had occurred a week earlier.

In June, four young men were arrested after allegedly going on a paintball gun shooting spree in which they recorded their antics with their iPad. In that incident, a man was seriously injured after being shot in the eye with a paintball on Geneva Avenue near the Balboa Park BART station.

It's against San Francisco municipal code to own an air- or spring-powered pellet gun within city limits. Under state law, however, these types of weapons are legal, and charges related to pellet guns are often dropped in court.

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