sfpd_arrestcuffs.jpgA 20-year-old man and 14-year-old boy have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in San Francisco’s Mission District early this morning, police said.

Officers responded at 12:03 a.m. to a shooting at the intersection of South Van Ness Avenue and 20th Street, where they found a man in his 20s lying on the sidewalk and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, according to police.

The victim, whose name is not yet being released, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses led officers to the area of 21st and Folsom streets where they detained four people. Investigators also found two handguns and several discarded articles of clothing in the 600 block of Shotwell Street, police said.

Officers eventually arrested Sterling Samm, 20, and the 14-year-old boy on suspicion of murder and weapons charges.

Supervisor David Campos, whose district includes the Mission, praised the quick action by police to arrest the suspects.

“The swiftness of the arrests, I think, sends a very clear message that we are serious about protecting our residents, and that anyone who engages in criminal activity will have to deal with law enforcement,” Campos said during today’s board meeting.

The shooting remains under investigation by police. Anyone with information is asked to call Inspectors Dedet or Velarde or Sgt. Warnke of the department’s homicide unit at (415) 553-1145.

People can also call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 and begin the message with “SFPD.”

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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