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* One Person Still In Critical Condition After Fatal Shooting in SOMA San Francisco

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Two people remain hospitalized today, one in critical condition, after an early morning shooting Sunday in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood that left a 26-year-old man dead. Police are seeking witnesses to the shooting, which occurred in a busy nightclub district. “There are clubs in that area, and some of these individuals were apparently patrons at some of these clubs,” homicide Inspector Antonio Casillas said. “We need people who were there, who know the people involved” to come forward, he said. The 2:30 a.m. shooting in a Minna Street parking lot between First and Second streets left Blair Henderson, of San Francisco, dead, and three others injured. One of the victims was released from the hospital Sunday. No arrests have been made. Casillas declined to comment on a possible motive for the shooting, which he said was preceded by an “altercation.” “We have a wealth of information, but information in and of itself does not amount to evidence,” he said. Police are also investigating whether the shooting was gang-related. The incident is the latest in a recent wave of violence at or near San Francisco nightclubs. Some city leaders have criticized the city’s Entertainment Commission for not taking a more proactive role in enforcement. Police spokesman Officer Boaz Mariles said today that club owners and promoters also have to take responsibility. “We need the clubs to take more accountability for their patrons after closing,” Mariles said. “They need to disperse the crowds, they need to ensure the crowds aren’t loitering and creating a public nuisance to the surrounding communities,” he said. “It’s just good business, being a good neighbor and conducting good business. Because realistically, who’s going to come to an unsafe club?” “The department looks forward to working with the club owners and promoters, in ways to ensure the safety of the club’s patrons, even after closing time,” Mariles said.

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