Another man was gunned down last night in the city's Bayview neighborhood, marking the fifth homicide in less than a week.
Police were called out to La Salle Avenue near Hilltop Park last night around 11:30 p.m. on reports of a shooting. When they arrived, they found the victim with a gunshot wound to his head.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Medical Examiner's Officer had not yet identified the victim as of this morning.
It's the fifth homicide this week, and the fourth in the Bayview since last Friday. On Monday, 30-year-old Keith Zinn was shot to death in broad daylight a the intersection of Catalina Street and Ironwood Way. Six hours earlier, 24-year-old Willie Cain was gunned down near the Sunnydale housing projects. Police yesterday arrested two siblings -- 22-year-old Kenyon Norbert and his younger brother, 21-year-old Kishawn Norbert -- on suspicion of murdering both men. Police say the victims did not know each other and the shootings were not gang-related.
On July 4, at about 10:06 p.m., 49-year-old Wesley Willis was sitting inside a car parked at Harbor Road and Ingalls Street when an unknown person walked up to him and shot him to death. A day later, 37-year-old Antonio Cortez was standing outside a residence on the 1700 block of La Salle Avenue when he and another man were shot in the chest and back. Cortez died three hours later at a local hospital. The second victim remains in critical condition.
Officer Albie Esparza says SFPD is redeploying resources to the Bayview where there's been a spike in violent crime as of late.
"When we see an increase in violent crime, our department will redeploy resources to those area and have a high visible present with uniformed officers, vehicles, officers in plain clothes, motorcycles, dirt bikes, etc," he tells us. "We have resources we can reallocate from various divisions of the police department to suppress criminal activity where the increase is occurring. With that, we hope to eliminate the violent acts by these criminals."
"Anytime there is violent crime spike it certainly is concerning. One homicide is too many and as a department our job is to combat violent crime and suppress it," Esparza adds.
Anyone with information about these crimes should call SFPD anonymously at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message.