A man was fatally stabbed at Hallidie Plaza in downtown San Francisco early Monday morning—the same day police say another victim succumbed to injuries from an unrelated weekend assault in Silver Terrace.
Police officers from Tenderloin Station reported to the Powell Street BART Station, where they found a man on the ground suffering from multiple stab wounds.
The officers began administering aid and summoned medics, but the victim was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the police department’s spokesperson.
The San Francisco Police Department Homicide Detail has taken over the investigation. The victim has not yet been identified and no arrests have been made in connection with the death.
Police also reported Monday that a man died after suffering life-threatening injuries from a Saturday night assault that occurred on Third Street in the Silver Terrace neighborhood.
The weekend before, there were homicides on Laguna Street and Geary Boulevard.
As of Monday, there had been 40 homicides in San Francisco. In the first nine months of 2021, there were 39. Guns continue to be the leading cause of homicides in the city. At this point in time dating back to 2017, firearms were involved in an average of 65% of all homicides.
One Hallidie Plaza, which now only houses a business building and a Carl’s Jr., directly faces the popular Westfield Shopping Mall and lies a few blocks away from the Moscone Center, which recently hosted over 40,000 visitors for Dreamforce.
Khanh, a security guard who declined to give his last name, stood outside the building greeting employees of the last remaining businesses and assisting visitors.
His first day back from vacation, he said he was alarmed to learn from his supervisor that a man had just been killed a few steps away. In his 24 years on the job, he said he’d had his fair share of dangerous encounters, but not murder.
“It wasn’t always like this out here,” Khanh said in Vietnamese. “There used to be a lot of life and business in this area, but now it seems like people only want to leave. It’s really sad.”
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