Labor Day Weekend Gun Violence Leaves 8 Injured

Does hot weather really lead to an increase in crime?

The theory that crime increases as the heat rises is not totally untrue. Data has shown that crimes do spike during the summer months in Chicago and New York, though the common theory — that patience runs thin when one’s covered in sweat and it’s more than 100 degrees out — has not been proven. “There’s a number of different explanations or proposed explanations,” science reporter Brandon Keim told NPR in an interview about crime incidents during summer. “One is that it’s just a matter of convenience. When the temperature goes up, the weather is nicer. Everybody goes outside and they stay out and they drink and they have fun and socialize and do all the things that make assaults mathematically more likely.”

Whether or not the connection is true, the hot weather this weekend coincided with a fair amount of gun violence. Between Friday night and Tuesday morning, a number of shootings took place in the Mission District, Potrero Hill, and SoMa, leaving eight people with injuries. No one was killed.

The first incident, according to SFPD, took place around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning two people walking along Mission Street between 17th and 18th streets were shot at by a vehicle driving by. A 21-year-old man injured during the incident was taken to the hospital. 

Saturday night another shooting took place, near the Potrero Hill Recreation Center. A group of four friends hanging out heard gunshots around 10 p.m. One 28-year-old man was hit in the leg, and his friend drove him to S.F. General. 

The same night, another drive-by shooting happened on Guerrero Street and Rosa Parks Lane around 11:30 p.m., causing several streets to be shut down for several hours. Three people, all under age 20, were injured.

Two hours later, in the early hours of Sunday morning, a 27-year-old man was shot on Sixth Street, near the Hall of Justice. He went to a hospital on his own to receive medical care.

At 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning another man, age 26, was shot on Missouri Street just a couple blocks from the Potrero Hill Recreation Center. 

Finally, a 16-year-old boy was shot at 7;15 p.m. on Sunday evening as he walked near 26th and Treat streets. Based on a statement he gave SFPD, the boy had apparently heard gunshots and walked in the opposite direction from the noise, but a vehicle that sped by shot him anyway. 

Despite the plethora of gun crimes, no one was killed during the shootouts. No arrests had been made as of Tuesday morning. 

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