San Francisco football star David Henderson shot in head 

Former Lincoln High School football standout David Henderson was in stable but critical condition Saturday afternoon at San Francisco General Hospital after he sustained a gunshot wound to the head Thursday in the Bayview neighborhood.

The coach for the semi-pro Pacifica Islanders — where Henderson had been playing in recent months — said the team is reeling from the incident.

“Football is no longer an issue right now,” said Tom Piccolotti, Islanders coach and general manager, whose team has the weekend off before finishing the regular season next week. “We’re more concerned about David and his family.”

Piccolotti said Henderson was on life support, surrounded by family at the hospital.

San Francisco police reported Friday morning that a man in his 20s had been shot at about noon Thursday in the 1400 block of Kirkwood Avenue, but they did not release the victim’s name.

Lt. Troy Dangerfield said Saturday no arrests have been made in that case, and suspect information has not been released. Dangerfield did not confirm Henderson as the victim, citing department policy, but he said no other shootings took place around that time and location. He added that the incident could be gang-related.

Henderson, the Bayview native and star running back for Lincoln who was consistently pegged with NFL potential, went on to play for City College of San Francisco before joining the Islanders squad in January as a jack-of-all-trades wide receiver and kick return specialist.

Piccolotti said the team had been putting together a highlight reel in recent weeks to help jump-start Henderson’s professional career. He said the team plans to hold a barbecue and practice today, and the organization is trying to find a way to help Henderson’s family.

In an interview with The San Francisco Examiner this month, Henderson — who ran for a city-record 5,600 yards in his prep career and led Lincoln to three straight Turkey Bowl titles — said he had resolved off-field personal issues that got him benched during his 2009 sophomore season at City College.

“I’m a smarter player, stronger mentally and physically,” Henderson told The Examiner. “And off the field, I am very concentrated on getting my life together.”

Another former city high school athlete, ex-Stuart Hall basketball player Stephen Powell, was shot and killed on Pink Saturday in June.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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