UPDATED: One Dead, Second Critical, After Saturday Shooting at Alemany Projects

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For the second time this year, there has been a fatal shooting at the Alemany public housing in south Bernal. John King from the SF Chronicle tells it:

A 16-year-old boy died Saturday night in a shooting near the Alemany housing projects on the south flank of Bernal Heights.

The incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. at Alemany Boulevard and Ellsworth Street near Interstate 280, according to Officer Albie Esparza of the San Francisco Police Department. Two bodies were found on the scene by police.

Clifton Chatman, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another male had life-threatening injuries but is expected to survive.

No suspects have been identified, Esparza said.

The SFPD is looking for tips in the case.

Hearing about the shooting, Neighbor Karen wrote Bernalwood:

I was really struck by the sadness of losing a young life from our neighborhood. I have a son myself, so I guess it kind of hit home. It reminded me of how amazing the Bernalwood community (and the Bernal community as a whole) was supporting Christy Svanemyr’s family when she was tragically killed in Holly Park. And how helpful the community was with the Moultrie St fire. And I hope there is some way we could help this family too.

For some reason, it seems especially tragic to lose a family member during the holidays. Is there anyone who reads your blog who might know the family and could reach out to them to find out how we could help?

UPDATE – 30 December, 2013: The SFPD has released additional details about the circumstances that led to the death of Clifton Chapman on December 14. The San Francisco Examiner reports:

A teenager was arrested in connection with the Dec. 14 homicide of 16-year-old Clifton Chatman, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said Friday.

Two people were shot that day in the Bernal Heights area, and police say the shootings happened during the course of an attempted robbery.

The intended robbery victim was walking in the 500 block of Alemany Boulevard near Ellsworth Street some time after 11 p.m. The victim was surrounded by a group of teenage boys, and one of the boys demanded the victim’s cellphone. One of the boys pulled out a handgun while the others rifled through the victim’s belongings.

Although the victim complied with suspect’s demands, the boy with the gun shot the victim in the face, Newman said, but the shot glanced off his face and struck Chatman, who was reportedly one of the robbery suspects.

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25 thoughts on “UPDATED: One Dead, Second Critical, After Saturday Shooting at Alemany Projects

  1. I love this idea. Karen, thanks for following up on your thought that we can include all our neighbors in our circle of concern.

  2. Heard the shooting Saturday night. Gunshots, screeching tires. Very scary. With the location being Alemany Projects, probably drug deal gone wrong like the last time. Definitely this place needs to be razed.

      • They are able bodied people. At some point in life they need to support themselves and stop living off the system. Why should they get free lifetime rent again?

  3. So sad. 16 year old boy, a child. Go into any poor section of anyplace in the U.S. and you find teenage boys running around with guns, and we call ourselves a “first world country.” As a parent myself my heart goes out to the parents of this boy.

  4. What a sad story, poverty should not make us less compassionate towards our neighbors. I am concerned that this is a trend in SF public housing. Last week there was a shooting near Garfield Park (again!) and another shooting on 26th & Mission St, both very close to the SE Mission public housing. How does this change?

  5. Let’s face it, the projects are bane of Bernal. It’s cute that someone brings up the lady that was run over in Holly Park.

    If that lady had been a black project inhabitant lounging at the park instead of a white lady, no one would have given a rat’s ass about what happened, just like no one gives a rat’s ass about helping the black people who live in the projects. They’re to be avoided, obviously, because “they need to support themselves and stop living off the system,” economic, cultural, and social conditions be damned.

    • Free lifetime rent is helping the residents there? and if there income level passes a threshold, they have to move out. That creates no incentive to better your live and give up the free rent. SF progressives have essentially created a modern day plantation. No one wins here.

      • I can’t believe that a wonderful sentiment from our neighbor, Karen, has turned into a screed against poor people who have unfortunately been born black and dealt with institutional racism most of their lives. How sad that you have so little compassion.

      • Oh dear. Somebody needs a better education about public housing than the Weekly Standard. SFHA has lots of workshops where you can learn how to involve yourself in the process beyond propogating very old, very persistent, and very incorrect opinions on how subsidized residency works.

  6. @Domma
    Are you not capable of having/showing compassion for the family members of this dead child?
    Leave your political views for your DOMMA!!!!!
    It’s A LIFE – who gives a flying FRICK about the Rent free housing, welfare, etc., at a time like this?
    CHECK YOURSELF!!! You want compassion and equal rights for yourself and gay marriage? Oh wait, I’m sorry I shouldn’t go off topic here in to some nonsense about equal rights!
    A LIFE HAS BEEN LOST!!! IT’S SAD AND DISHEARTENING, PERIOD!!!
    Nothing else should matter right now!!!

    • Clifton Chatman was a criminal who died while committing a robbery. I do not understand the sympathetic banter here. Gang members need to be purged from public housing. We have a right to live in a safe city.

  7. Thank you neighbor Beth and neighbor Karen. Obviously the people who have a roof over their heads “win”, as does a city that doesn’t have thousands more people and families without shelter.

  8. I received an email today from the sister of Clifton Chatman, who died at the scene:

    My name is Rodrica and I am Clifton’s older sister. I saw the post
    about the community wanting to support our family.

    We are grateful for the offer and could use support with the following:
    -gift cards to Foods Co.
    -gift cards to Target (or similar), for my younger sister’s Christmas present
    -a bouquet of red and white flowers that can be displayed at the front
    of the church for Clifton’s funeral (Jan. 3)

    If anyone would like to contribute, please contact Bernalwood via email (bernalwood AT gmail) and I will connect you.

    • I would like to contribute. Please put me in touch. Also, if the family would welcome attendance of neighbors at the Jan. 3 funeral, please send details. Thanks.

    • Do not contribute!
      Clifton Chatman was a criminal who died while committing a robbery. Why would you give money for his funeral and to his family? I do not understand the sympathetic banter here. Gang members need to be purged from public housing. We have a right to live in a safe city.

  9. http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/teenaged-boy-arrested-in-connection-with-bernal-heights-homicide-attempted-robbery/Content?oid=2660965

    A teenager was arrested in connection with the Dec. 14 homicide of 16-year-old Clifton Chatman, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said Friday.

    Two people were shot that day in the Bernal Heights area, and police say the shootings happened during the course of an attempted robbery.

    The intended robbery victim was walking in the 500 block of Alemany Boulevard near Ellsworth Street some time after 11 p.m. The victim was surrounded by a group of teenage boys, and one of the boys demanded the victim’s cellphone. One of the boys pulled out a handgun while the others rifled through the victim’s belongings.

    Although the victim complied with suspect’s demands, the boy with the gun shot the victim in the face, Newman said, but the shot glanced off his face and struck Chatman, who was reportedly one of the robbery suspects. Chatman was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The robbery victim was taken to the hospital and survived his injuries, Newman said.

    The 16-year-old suspect arrested Dec. 26 is charged with murder and attempted robbery. Because he is a juvenile, his name will not be released, police said.

  10. Clifton Chatman was a criminal who died while committing a robbery. Why would you give money for his funeral and to his family? I do not understand the sympathetic banter here. Gang members need to be purged from public housing. We have a right to live in a safe city.

  11. Pingback: Your Bernal Heights Crime Report for December 2013: Alemany Homicide Update and Burglary Is the New Drug Dealing | Bernalwood

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