Violence after San Rafael’s Guatemalan Independence Day

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Two were shot and another was stabbed in violent incidents after the peaceful celebrations of Guatemalan Independence Day. 

According to police, over 1,500 attendees took part in the celebrations at Northgate Mall. The events ended with no major incidents. 

After the events, gatherings occurred in the Canal neighborhood, along Medway Road, Canal Street, Pickleweed Park, and other cross streets. 

Due to the large gatherings, traffic jams ensued. 

At midnight, San Rafale police started to clear the crowd due to sideshow and reckless driving activities. In the process, violence broke out and several law enforcement agencies were dispatched, including the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Central Marin Police Authority, as well as police departments from Novato, Fairfax, Ross, and Mill Valley.

At 10:22 p.m., witnesses reported gunshots to the police. A 25-year-old man was found shot twice. He was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

At 12:30 a.m., a 24-year-old was stabbed and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. 

At 1:30 a.m., SRPD was notified by a hospital that a 20-year-old male arrived at their emergency room with a gunshot wound. The victim was uncooperative with what happened and where the shooting took place, but it was determined he was shot somewhere in San Rafael. 

The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

San Rafael police officers and detectives are investigating these crimes and seeking the public’s help with more information, including videos or photographs of the events. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at https://www.srpd.org/tips.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.