Another club shooting raises the stakes 

A 39-year-old man died Sunday after he was shot during a fight outside a dance cafe near Mission Bay — the latest incident in a string of nightclub violence.

The victim, who has not been identified, was at the dance club Jelly’s on Pier 50 about 1:40 a.m. when he got into an argument inside the club, police said. The fight then escalated and spilled outside, according to police.

“That’s when the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the chest,” Officer Samson Chan said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died Sunday morning from the single gunshot wound, Chan said.

The suspect fled the scene and had not been arrested as of Sunday evening.

A manager at Jelly’s refused to comment Sunday about the incident, saying he was too busy setting up for an event.

City leaders responded, saying they were discouraged and frustrated by what seems to be a trend of club shootings.

In February, four people were injured and one was killed during a shooting outside Suede, located near Fisherman’s Wharf. City Attorney Dennis Herrera later filed a lawsuit, attempting to permanently close the venue.

In June, a police officer was shot in the foot outside the Mission district’s El Rincon after a group of women got into a fight as the club cleared out about 1:30 a.m.

The club’s permits were suspended.

Supervisor David Chiu said these types of incidents are exactly why he’s pushing legislation to give the Entertainment Commission the authority to close down troubled nightclubs, a power that it currently does not have. The Public Safety Committee is schedule to vote on that legislation next week, Chiu said.

Mayor Gavin Newsom has talked about dissolving the Entertainment Commission and granting the Police Department power to shut down problematic clubs.

“Last night’s event was, unfortunately, another tragedy in a string of tragedies,” Chiu said. “We have seen, almost monthly, violence and deaths that have occurred related to our nightclubs, and it demonstrates that The City needs to do more to address the situation.”

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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