Bullets, blades hit innocents 

A man who claims he was stabbed for no reason on a sketchy South of Market side street Wednesday is in critical condition at a hospital, while the victim of a nearby shooting that occurred at about the same time also is asking cops, “Why me?”

Police are investigating two brutal acts that occurred within blocks and minutes of each other about 3:10 a.m. In both cases, police said, the victims said they were walking along and minding their own business when they were injured in senseless attacks.

The stabbing victim, a 40-year-old man, told police he was walking in the area of Seventh and Stevenson streets when a thug he did not know attacked him without provocation, police Officer Albie Esparza said.

The wounded victim stumbled to the Carl’s Jr. restaurant at Market and Seventh streets, where police were called. There were no witnesses to the attack, Esparza said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with a life-threatening stab wound to his torso.

“He doesn’t know why the male stabbed him,” Esparza said.

A detailed description of the suspect was not provided, but Esparza said he is a man in his 40s, 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, and wearing a brown jacket, Esparza said.

Just minutes earlier, police were called to Larkin and O’Farrell streets, where a man was shot in the foot.

The victim, a 19-year-old East Bay man, said he was walking along and stopped at the corner to send a text message when he heard someone yell, “They’re shooting!” Esparza said. Gunfire rang out and the man realized he’d been shot.

The victim said he did not see the suspects. Witnesses said the shooters fled in a white, four-door sedan, Esparza said. The 19-year-old was taken to General Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.

No arrests had been made in either case as of Wednesday.

The incidents follow a mysterious attack in the Mission district Friday in which a 39-year-old man was fatally shot while driving.


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