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Posted: 7:35 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
By Katie Utehs/KTVU and wires
SAN FRANCISCO —
A man was found dead in the middle of a San Francisco Mission District street Monday – a victim of an early morning shooting, authorities said.
San Francisco police said they received a 911 call reporting “4 or 5” shots being fired in the area of 21st and Bartlett streets at about 4:35 a.m.
Arriving officers found a male victim lying in the street covered in blood. Attempts to revive the man failed and he was declared dead at the scene.
Jimmy Varal grew up in the neighborhood and while he did not hear the shots Monday, he told KTVU the sound of gunfire was not unusual.
“I grew up in the neighborhood,” he said. “It (gunfire) hasn’t happened in a while but it used to be a regular thing around here. Old habits die hard, unfortunately.”
Robert Martinez, who lives nearby on York Street, lit a white candle to place near the crime scene.
Martinez, who was wearing a red San Francisco 49ers jersey, said he didn't know the victim but wanted to come out to pay his respects, having had a sister killed in a shooting more than a decade ago.
"It's just sad," he said. "That was someone's son or someone's father."
San Francisco police said they were searching for witnesses and did not have any information on a possible suspect.
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