San Francisco cook mistaken for gang member dies; separate shooting kills another 

The cook who was shot by gangbangers outside a Mission district restaurant in a case of mistaken identity Tuesday has died, and later in the day gun violence about 10 blocks away took the life of a 29-year-old man, police said.

Gaspar Puch-tzek, 22, of San Francisco, a father of two and well-liked line cook at Hog and Rocks restaurant at 3431 19th St., was shot in the head while taking a smoke break with a co-worker around 12:30 a.m., police said.

He later died at San Francisco General Hospital.

Two Hispanic men mistook Puch-tzek for a gang member, which he is not, police said. The suspects fled and no arrests have been announced.

Then at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, a 29-year-old man was shot dead in the 800 block of Hampshire Street. He was identified Wednesday as Edson Lacayo of San Francisco.

Lacayo suffered three bullet wounds and was dead upon arrival, police said.

Two suspects were seen fleeing the area after the shooting, but witnesses could only offer vague descriptions of them, police said.

It was not immediately clear whether the second shooting was gang related or had any relation to the killing outside Hog and Rocks, police said.

On Wednesday, devestated mourners stood around a makeshift memorial for Lacayo. They refused to talk to the media. One sobbing man with an unneutered pitbull threatened a San Francisco Examiner reporter, grabbing at his waistband and warning the reporter about being on the block.

At a community meeting Tuesday night, Mission Station police Capt. Greg Corrales warned of more violence stemming from Puch-tzek’s slaying, according to news website Mission Local.

The attackers were Nortenos who were targeting the rival Sureños, he said. Hog and Rocks is located in Sureños territory, he said.

Police were already on high alert after violence between the warring gangs erupted earlier this year. During a two week period in late February, there were at least six incidents of gang-related violence — four shootings and two stabbings. The violence was sparked by Sureño graffiti appearing on Norteño turf near 19th and Bryant streets Feb. 18, according to police.

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