55-year-old San Francisco resident Ronnie Hyson was shot and killed in a Tenderloin building last week, in what is reportedly San Francisco's 44th homicide of 2014.
According to San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Officer Grace Gatpandan, police were called to a building on the 200 block of Hyde Street, which is between Eddy and Turk Streets, on reports of an "unresponsive" man.
There they found Hyson, who police believe was shot while inside the building. He died as he was being transported to San Francisco General Hospital, Gatpandan said.
According to Gatpandan, no arrests have been made in this slaying, nor is any information on any suspects available.
The SF Examiner reports that Hyson's death marks San Francisco's 44th homicide of the year.
In the first half of 2014, the SFPD trumpeted that even though property crime rates had risen sharply in San Francisco, our homicide rate was way down, with SFPD Chief Greg Suhr saying that 2014 "could very well be the all-time [homicide] low in the history of San Francisco."
According to Suhr, speaking with the Chron, that record was set in 1954, a year in which SF only had 27 homicides.
However, with Hyson's death, we'll be lucky to stay below last year's number: according to the Chron, San Francisco had 48 homicides at the end of 2013, a statistic that one SFPD insider describes to SFist as "all too achievable" by miscreants during the last two weeks 2014.
That said, overall, we're still doing better than in years past. There were 69 slayings in San Francisco in 2012, and 60 in 2011.