SAN FRANCISCO—On Monday, September 7, around midnight, there was a shooting at a sideshow that ended up in one person being killed, and left two individuals injured on Labor Day.

An email sent from the San Francisco Police Department’s Public Information Officer, Officer Robert Rueca said:

“On 9/7/20 at approximately 12:16 AM officers responded to a sideshow in the area of Russia and Paris St. As officers were responding to the area of the sideshow they located a total of three victims in the area of Mission and Persia suffering from gun shot wounds. The victims were transported to the hospital for life threatening injuries. One of the victims succumbed to the injuries and was declared deceased.”

Authorities do not not have a suspect description to provide to the public and no arrests have been made in the case.

San Francisco Board of Supervisor Ahsha Safai tweeted, “Sideshows are our if control. That’s why I’m hoping to fast track my legislation I’m working on with Police Chief Bill Scott to increase penalties and fines for them. We need to make our communities safe.”

Safai represents the Excelsior District and this is an area that has had frequent sideshows lately.

Sideshows are social gatherings where people watch cars do ‘donuts’ in the middle of the road or parking lot. The driver’s of the vehicle tend to leave their doors open or the passenger could be seen hanging out the vehicle. Though they are social gatherings, sideshows tend to carry a bad reputation since people could be harmed if they’re too close to vehicles, sometimes shootings transpire, and some will call the police and refer to it as noise.

The emergence of sideshows came in the 1980s and originated from Oakland California. In the 2000’s, the ‘Hyphy’ Movement used sideshow frequently for music videos or to promote themselves.  The term ‘Hyphy’ is someone or something extremely rowdy or energetic.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the SFPD at 415-575-4444 or text tips to TIP411 and start the message with SFPD.