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Well-Known North Beach Eccentric Roy Mottini Shot After Dispute

Scott Lucas | December 1, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

Roy Mottini, a well-known North Beach eccentric, was shot yesterday afternoon on Columbus Avenue and Vallejo Street, according to the San Francisco Police Department. He was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and according to a hospital spokesperson, had left as of Monday morning.

Mottini, as detailed in this story from the Chronicle, is well-known fixture in North Beach (particularly at Caffe Trieste), and has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. After being evicted in 2006 from a nearby apartment, Trieste patrons, including former Board of Supervisor President Aaron Peskin, helped him find new housing in the Tenderloin. He still frequents North Beach today, and has good and bad days.

Sunday was apparently a bad day, as Mottini got into an argument with a driver in which he struck the car with his cane and used a racial slur. The suspect got out of his car and pistol-whipped Mottini before shooting him in the shoulder. The suspect fled and remains at large.

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