A man was apparently caught by a rival gang member who shot him in the head as he tagged a wall on 22nd Place, just west of California Avenue early Saturday morning, according to police.
The man, one of at least six people shot overnight, was in extremely critical condition when taken to Mount Sinai Hospital a few blocks north on California Avenue. An evidence technician recovered a can of black paint that fell under a car and the smell of the paint lingered on the wall Saturday morning.
The stretch of 22nd Place between California Avenue and Marshall Boulevard is the territory of one gang, neighbors said. West of Marshall is another gang, and east of California is the turf of a third gang. The graffiti on the wall indicated its writer was disrespecting two of the gangs on both sides.
Two neighbors stood outside the crime scene, both awakened by the sound of four or five gunshots about 3:30 a.m. Neither wanted to be identified.
“It’s bad around here,” said one who has lived in the area for more than a decade. “They’re fighting for a block that don’t even belong to them.”
“Why would you fight for a piece of the street?” the other said incredulously.
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