A 16-year-old boy died Saturday night in a shooting near the Alemany housing projects on the south flank of Bernal Heights.
The incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. at Alemany Boulevard and Ellsworth Street near Interstate 280, according to Officer Albie Esparza of the San Francisco Police Department. Two bodies were found on the scene by police.
Clifton Chatman, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another male had life-threatening injuries but is expected to survive.
No suspects have been identified, Esparza said.
The SFPD is looking for tips in the case.
Hearing about the shooting, Neighbor Karen wrote Bernalwood:
I was really struck by the sadness of losing a young life from our neighborhood. I have a son myself, so I guess it kind of hit home. It reminded me of how amazing the Bernalwood community (and the Bernal community as a whole) was supporting Christy Svanemyr’s family when she was tragically killed in Holly Park. And how helpful the community was with the Moultrie St fire. And I hope there is some way we could help this family too.
For some reason, it seems especially tragic to lose a family member during the holidays. Is there anyone who reads your blog who might know the family and could reach out to them to find out how we could help?
UPDATE – 30 December, 2013: The SFPD has released additional details about the circumstances that led to the death of Clifton Chapman on December 14. The San Francisco Examiner reports:
A teenager was arrested in connection with the Dec. 14 homicide of 16-year-old Clifton Chatman, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said Friday.
Two people were shot that day in the Bernal Heights area, and police say the shootings happened during the course of an attempted robbery.
The intended robbery victim was walking in the 500 block of Alemany Boulevard near Ellsworth Street some time after 11 p.m. The victim was surrounded by a group of teenage boys, and one of the boys demanded the victim’s cellphone. One of the boys pulled out a handgun while the others rifled through the victim’s belongings.
Although the victim complied with suspect’s demands, the boy with the gun shot the victim in the face, Newman said, but the shot glanced off his face and struck Chatman, who was reportedly one of the robbery suspects.