Watch CBS News

San Francisco DPW Worker Fatally Shot While Cleaning Mission District Streets

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) -- A San Francisco city worker -- and father of two -- was fatally shot while cleaning up the streets of the Mission District Wednesday.

The Department of Public Works worker who was shot and killed has been identified as 27-year-old Jermaine Jackson, Jr., according to department officials.

Jackson was working in the area of 25th and Vermont streets, not far from San Francisco General Hospital, when he was shot around 8 a.m., according to police.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police released few details on the shooting, saying only that it remained under investigation.

No arrests have been reported.

DPW Director Mohammed Nuru said Jackson, the father of two young children, was working with a crew removing graffiti at the time of the shooting, which he called a "tragic incident."

A laborer apprentice with the department since March 2015, Jackson was expected to graduate from that program next year.

He had previously participated in the city's Interrupt, Predict, Organize anti-violence program and had earned his GED while in it, Nuru said.

Nuru described Jackson as a "motivated, hard-working and well-liked employee."

"My prayers are with his loved ones and friends during this difficult and profoundly sad time," Nuru said.

Mayor Ed Lee issued a statement saying he was "deeply saddened" by the shooting.

"This was a young man who worked very hard to build a good life for himself and his children, and was committed to his work keeping the City of San Francisco and our neighborhoods clean," Lee said. "This is a tragic
instance of a life cut short."

Flowers and candles were laid at the site of Jackson's death Wednesday evening and a small cross had been placed over a bullet hole at the crime scene.

© Copyright 2016 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.