shooting_nighttime.jpgA Friday afternoon shooting in the Fillmore district inspired some shock and outrage about “blatant violence” in the area — but, as more details emerge, it turns out that this shooting might have been less street warfare, and more firearm mishandling.

As previously reported, police received a report at 2:37 PM Friday that a 43-year-old man had been shot near Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard, Officer Albie Esparza said.

Responding officers located the victim, who had been shot in his leg.

The fire department also responded to the scene, and a fire dispatcher said the shooting may have occurred at a barber shop near the intersection of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard, according to the dispatcher.

Esparza said at the time that the person who reported the shooting was being uncooperative and that there was no information about the suspect as of 2:50 PM Friday.

“Blatant violence at 2:37 in the afternoon!!!!” reader K said in an email to the Appeal. “People are shooting each other in broad daylight!”

Well, maybe not exactly — as the Chron reported Saturday, the victim “apparently shot himself in the leg while waiting for a haircut” at the New Chicago Barber Shop at 1551 Fillmore St.

“I heard a shot, I looked around and a gun was on the floor,” a barber at the New Chicago told the Chron.

The man, who has not been identified, was taken to SF General with life-threatening injuries, the Chron reports.

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