As previously reported, last Tuesday a five year old girl was shot and injured as she was walking home from school with her father in the Bayview District. The girl was caught in the crossfire on Third St, near Palou Ave at around 4:30pm and sustained wounds to her left knee. As police continue search for suspects in that tragic shooting, Bayview residents point to one business that they believe had a hand in the shooting.
According to ABC7, Torino’s Grocery and Liquor Store, located right near where the shooting occurred, is a hangout drug dealers and other miscreants.
“Someone is gunning for someone else and you end up getting hit. After you served a tour in the gulf, you come back and get killed in front of Torino Market,” one area resident told ABC7, saying “the owner of the business, quite frankly, he refuses to do anything about it.”
“If Torino’s Market was somewhere in the neighborhood like Pacific Heights,” the neighbor says “it wouldn’t be there.”
But perhaps it won’t take a zip code change for the alleged criminals to be rousted from Torino’s: Mayor Lee tells ABC7 that “We’ll be talking to the owner of that store and working in cooperation with them about how it can be less of a hangout and more of a contribution to the neighborhood.”
According to Lee, SFPD Chief Suhr will also initiate code enforcement on the liquor store, which means they can order the owners to clean up their act or even shut them down.
This appears to be a relief to residents, who say they’ve been asking city officials for help without the assistance of a TV crew for months.