Local Man Murdered in SF’s Tenderloin

Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner  Friends and family gather to set up a memorial for Joshua Mejia in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District in San Francisco last Monday. Mejia was shot and killed near Geary and Polk streets in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 17.

Local Man Murdered in SF’s Tenderloin


An Alameda man is dead and another hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a shooting early Sunday morning in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. 

The San Francisco medical examiner has identified the man shot and killed after a bar fight as Joshua Mejia, 26. San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) reported that the shooting happened about 2 a.m., in front of the Marquette Hotel, 965 Geary St.

SFPD spokesperson Sergeant Michael Andraychak told SFist’s Eve Batey that patrons leaving a bar “became involved in a physical fight.” After “the dispute had subsided,” Andraychak said that a black BMW pulled up to the crowd. “The suspect exited the car and fired several shots.”

Paramedics arrived and pronounced Mejia dead at the scene. They transported the second victim to the hospital. His injuries did not appear life-threatening, Andraychak said. He remains in stable condition. 

Witnesses reported a crowd arguing just before the shooting. They said that a member of the group ran from the scene saying “hide the hammer.”
Mejia’s wife, Marlene DeLeon told the San Francisco Examiner that her husband was born in the Dominican Republic. He worked at Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, a mental health crisis unit, DeLeon said.

Police have no description of the suspect and ask that anyone with information about the shooting call SFPD’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-444, or text a tip to TIP411, start the text with “San Francisco Police.”

Mejia’s killing marks San Francisco’s 29th homicide of 2016.