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A man was fatally stabbed inside a shelter in San Francisco tonight, according to police.

Officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 6:58 PM “inside the shelter” on the 500 block of Fifth Street, which is between Bryant and Barnnan.

Though SFPD did not specify what “shelter” they were referring to, nor did they respond to a request for more details, The St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center Multi-Purpose South is located at 525 Fifth Street, at Bryant.

The Ex and Chron are also reporting that the stabbing took place at this shelter. The Ex describes it as “a drop-in homeless center that provides showers, case management, information, emergency clothing and laundry facilities.”

Upon arriving at the shelter, police found a 44-year-old man who had been stabbed in his torso. The San Francisco man was pronounced dead at a local hospital. According to the Weekly, the Medical Examiner’s office knows the identity of the victim, and will release it after his family’s been notified.

The suspect, described by SFPD only as an adult black male, fled, police said.

The Ex reports the stabbing was the result of a fight between the victim and suspect.

This is San Francisco’s fourth homicide of 2012.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

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