74-year-old man shot with pellet gun in Tenderloin, blocks away from previous BB gun attack 

click to enlarge A man was shot in the back with a pellet gun Saturday in the Tenderloin, police said Monday. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO | CLIP ART
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  • A man was shot in the back with a pellet gun Saturday in the Tenderloin, police said Monday.

A man was shot with a pellet gun in the Tenderloin on Saturday, just three blocks from a previous pellet gun assault that happened last week.

The 74-year-old male victim was working on his car in the 600 block of Ellis Street about 2:25 p.m. when he heard a pop, police said. He felt a sting in his back and noticed he was bleeding. He was taken to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

There was no known description of a suspect in this attack.

Last Tuesday, a 24-year-old man walking down the 300 block of Turk Street was shot by a man with a BB gun rifle with scope from a building window about 7:30 p.m. That victim was also treated and released for injuries that were not serious.

Police made an arrest in that case. Ricardo Songalia, 20, of San Francisco, was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon other than a firearm, possession of an air gun and resisting arrest.

Possession of a pellet gun is a violation of a San Francisco municipal code, however, California state law preempts that code and most possession of air gun charges don't make it through court.

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