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A man was fatally shot in San Francisco’s Mission District early Monday morning, the third homicide in the neighborhood in less than a week, police said.

The shooting was reported at 2:18 a.m. in the first block of Camp Street, near Guerrero Street.

Officers responding to a report of shots fired found a 45-year-old man, described by police to SF Weekly only as African-American, lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the head and another to the chest, according to police.

According to the Ex, residents of the area said they overheard an argument, then “two shots, a pause, and then at least one other shot. A scream was heard.”

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner’s office has not yet released his name.

No arrests have been made, and no suspect information was immediately available as of this morning, police said.

According to Mission Local, area residents “said that the scene resembled a drug deal gone bad instead of a gang shooting,” saying that “drug-users occasionally go into Camp Street because it’s less busy than nearby Guerrero Street.”

The fatal shooting is the third in the Mission District since last Tuesday, and the 35th homicide to strike San Francisco this year.

Early that morning, Gaspar Puch-Tzek was killed in a shooting near the intersection of 19th and San Carlos streets, and later that night, 29-year-old Edson Lacayo was found fatally shot in the 800 block of Hampshire Street.

No arrests have been made in either of those shootings, which prompted police to increase patrols in the neighborhood over the weekend to try to quell potential violence between the Norteno and Sureno gangs.

Both shootings are being investigated as gang-related, according to police. Investigators believe Puch-Tzek may have been mistaken for a gang member, which he was not.

Anyone with information about the shootings is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

Dan McMenamin of Bay City News contributed significantly to this report

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  • who_the

    The “first block” of Camp Street is the only block; Camp runs just one block (actually one half-block) between Guerrero to the west and Albion to the east.

  • who_the

    The “first block” of Camp Street is the only block; Camp runs just one block (actually one half-block) between Guerrero to the west and Albion to the east.