The fatal shooting of an Oakland man Saturday continues San Francisco's trend towards a higher homicide count than in many recent years.
According to the San Francisco Police Department, officers were called to the 200 block of Blythdale Avenue at 11:54 p.m. Saturday, on reports of a shooting.
That address is inside San Francisco's Sunnydale-Velasco housing project. Described in a 2008 SF Chronicle report as a "Crumbling neighborhood, cut off from rest of the city, [that] offers few avenues of escape," it's SF's largest public housing complex.
When officers arrived, they discovered a 52-year-old male who had been shot by an "unknown" male suspect. The shooting victim, who the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office has identified as 52-year-old Oakland resident Dwayne Leblanc, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police do not presently have any additional information on suspects or a motive in the slaying, but confirmed that the suspect or suspects remain at large and no arrests have been made in the case.
Leblanc's death is San Francisco's 52nd homicide for 2017, an SFPD spokesperson confirms. It follows last week's fatal shooting at the Potrero housing development, another public housing project in the city. For comparison, SF ended 2016 with 59 homicides, there were 53 in 2015, 45 in 2014, 48 in 2013, 68 in 2012, and 50 in 2011.