Saturday, December 15, 2007

Man shot in head in Western Addition

Samaritans Rush SF Gunshot Victim To Hospital
CBS 5 CrimeWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) ― San Francisco police Saturday are investigating a Friday-night shooting near the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Laguna Street that left one male in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head, according to Officer Ed O'Toole.

A San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency transit driver reported hearing two to six shots about 50 to 100 feet behind the bus at about 8:47 p.m., O'Toole said.

A male who had been shot in the head then drove his car into the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Laguna Street, O'Toole said.

Three to five men in a nearby vehicle reportedly stopped to help the victim and told the bus driver to call 911, according to O'Toole.

When the victim attempted to exit his vehicle, the men stopped him and drove him in his car eastbound on Geary Boulevard to San Francisco General Hospital, O'Toole said.

Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a black or dark blue Ford Mustang or a Toyota that left the area eastbound on Geary Boulevard, O'Toole said.


Mission District shooting leaves two dead

Two men shot dead in San Francisco
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, December 15, 2007

(12-15) 10:53 PST San Francisco --
Two men were shot and killed early today in San Francisco's Mission District, police said.
The men were shot at about 5 a.m. at 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, police said. One man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other died at San Francisco General Hospital, authorities said.
Their identities were not immediately released. Both were described as Latino men in their 20s.
The assailants were described as two men in their 20s, but it was unclear whether one or both men were the shooters, police said.
No further information was available.


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Monday night armed robbery spree

Armed robbery spree links neighborhoods from Cow Hollow to Mission

Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

(12-11) 14:46 PST San Francisco - --

Robbery investigators are looking into a series of armed robberies that occurred in San Francisco Monday night and could be connected, police said today.

Three of the robberies occurred within a 20 minute period in Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, and Chinatown. Later in the evening, two other robberies occurred in the Mission District, then downtown near Moscone Center.

"We believe they are connected," said Lt. John Loftus, who heads the robbery detail. "It looks like there were a couple of guys in a car on a spree last night. It's really got nothing to do with the time of year, it's just one of those things where a couple of knuckleheads are out in a car and don't stop until they get what they think is enough to get them through the night."

Witnesses and victims gave investigators varying descriptions of the men, but police belive the suspects are three 18 to 25-year-old males who were driving in some type of dark-colored sedan, Loftus said. The victims all reported being robbed by two men, but investigators have reason to believe a third man was driving, he said.

In each of the first three cases, which occurred between 8:15 p.m. and 8:35 p.m., two men approached victims on the street, brandished guns, took the victim's property, then fled in a waiting car, police said. During the third robbery, one of the suspects pulled the victim to the ground and hit him on the head before fleeing, according to police.

During the fourth robbery, at about 9:40 p.m., a female victim was walking at Florida and 23rd streets in the Mission District when she was approached from behind. One suspect pointed a gun at her and demanded her money while the other grabbed her from behind and took her property, police said. The suspects fled the scene on foot.

The fifth robbery occurred at 3rd and Folsom streets about 10:12 p.m. The victim was walking by two men standing by a car when one of the men approached the victim and pointed a gun at her face. The other suspect grabbed her from behind and took her property, and then both men walked back to the car, police said.

Anyone with information about the robberies should call police at (415) 553-1201.


Two killed in Western-Addition car crash

Update from SFgate:

(12-11) 13:42 PST SAN FRANCISCO --

Two San Francisco men were arrested today after they allegedly fled from police in a stolen car, ran a red light and slammed into another vehicle, killing its two occupants, authorities said.

The two suspects, both 22 years old, were being treated at San Francisco General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries that they suffered in the 4 a.m. crash, police said.

Police Capt. John Ehrlich said the stolen car, a Saturn, was driving east on Page at Broderick Street when officers in a cruiser checked its license plate and realized it was stolen. The officers turned on their lights and tried to pull over the Saturn, which accelerated down the hill and through a red light at Divisadero and broad-sided a Chevrolet Cavalier, Ehrlich said.

The Cavalier was pushed into a pole on the southeast side of the intersection, killing one of its occupants almost immediately. The other victim was extricated by firefighters in 13 minutes and taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge. The medical examiner's office has not yet identified the victims.

The force of the collision threw the Saturn through the intersection and into atree on Page Street east of Divisadero.

The man allegedly driving the Saturn, Richard Gosnell, is being held on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run, evading and causing death, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, running a red light and speeding, said police Sgt. Neville Gittens. His passenger, Joshua Wilson, is being held on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property, Gittens said.

The intersection reopened about 9:15 a.m.

Friday, December 7, 2007

One shot at 8th and Market, 16 year-old shot in Union Square

Bay City News

December 8, 2007
Two separate shootings in the span of a half hour in downtown San Francisco Friday evening sent two victims to the hospital.

The latest shots were fired in the bustling area of Union Square at around 9:30 p.m., injuring a 16-year-old Asian boy, San Francisco police officers said.

A bullet struck the teen in the ankle and he was transported to San Francisco General Hospital in stable condition, police said.

Officers are questioning a suspect in the shooting but haven't made any arrests.

About 30 minutes earlier, police responded to a shooting at Eighth and Market streets that injured one victim.

The victim was rushed to General Hospital with wounds that do not appear life threatening, police said.

No arrests have been made in either shooting and investigations are ongoing.


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

SOMA violence: 4 shot in drive-by, 1 stabbed in nightclub

Man arrested in S.F. stabbing

4 injured in S.F. drive-by shooting

Also, according to the tips section at SFist, there was a shooting somewhere on San Bruno Ave. at about 10:00 p.m. December 2nd, with around 7 shots fired.

Friday, November 30, 2007

"Shot Spotters" coming to San Francisco

Quoted from SF Weekly:

"In a nutshell, the spotters are sophisticated microphones that can discern between gunfire and other percussive noises (firecrackers, Fred Sanford’s car backfiring) and relay the exact location of the shooting to police."

Oakland and Redwood City as well as a few other cities around the US already have it in use. Wonder what this will reveal about SF, in terms of unreported shootings of course, but also about how the police respond to said shootings.

Here's the article.

And here's a follow up article.

Two men shot, gang leader arrested

Two men were shot in a drive-by in the Silver Terrace area of SF, around 10 p.m. Wednesday night. The victims were an 18 year-old man who was hit in the arm, and a 34 year-old man, who was hit in the leg.

Also, an alleged gang leader of the Western Addition's Eddy Rock gang was arrested on drug charges in Novato.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Man shot in Visitacion Valley

Male victim shot in leg in Visitacion Valley

By Jesse Dungan
November 27, 2007

A male shooting victim managed to take himself to San Francisco General Hospital Monday night after he was shot in the city's Visitacion Valley neighborhood, police said.

The victim arrived at the hospital at about 10 p.m. and was treated for a bullet wound to his leg, according to police.

Police said the victim had been in the area of Loehr Street in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood when he heard five or six shots fired. The victim sustained one gunshot wound to his lower leg.

No arrests have been made and no suspect description was immediately available.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

2 employees shot at Sunset District bar

Two injured in SF shooting

Sabin Russell

Sunday, November 25, 2007

(11-25) 11:56 PST San Francisco -- Two men working at the Fire Fly Sports Bar in the outer Sunset District were shot early Sunday morning by a would-be patron who was trying to enter the bar but was turned away at the door, San Francisco police said.

The incident occurred at 2:20 a.m. in front of the bar at 2457 Noriega Street, between 31st and 32nd Avenues. One unidentified employee was shot in the back, while a bullet grazed the ankle of the second.

Both were transported to San Francisco General Hospital. Police are searching for the lone male suspect, who fled the scene.


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Man shot in Bernal Heights

SAN FRANCISCO -- A man is in serious condition after being shot in his car Friday night in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood.

The shooting was reported at about 10 p.m. in the 900 block of Ellsworth Street, police said.

Police are searching for at least two suspects who opened fire into the victim's car, wounding him twice in the back.

The man is being treated at San Francisco General Hospital.


Friday, November 23, 2007

Two shot after leaving Bayview party

23 November 2007

Two people were shot early this morning after leaving a party in San Francisco’s Bayview district, police said.

The shooting occurred at about 1 a.m. in the area of Keith Street, according to police. A male and a female had left a party and were walking home when shots were fired.

Police said the female victim was shot in her left leg and the male victim suffered a gunshot wound to his right leg.

The victims managed to drive themselves to San Francisco General Hospital where they were listed in stable condition, according to police.

The shooting is under investigation.


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Man shot dead in Portola District

Fatal shooting in SF

Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, November 22, 2007

(11-22) 10:22 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- A man was shot to death early this morning in the Portola District, San Francisco police said.

Police were called at about 1:50 a.m. to the 700 block of Bacon Street, where they found a male victim who had been shot at least once, police said. The victim, who police did not identify, was pronounced dead at the scene.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Woman raped twice by the same man

S.F. woman sexually assaulted by same man twice in 5 days, police say

Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

(11-21) 15:16 PST SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco woman was sexually assaulted by the same man twice in one week, once on the street in the Glen Park neighborhood and once in her garage, police said today.

Investigators said the 27-year-old woman was first attacked about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 as she walked from the Glen Park BART station toward Bosworth Street. A woman who was with the male assailant yelled at the victim, demanding her purse, then slapped and pushed her to the pavement after she grabbed it, police said.

The man then pushed the woman down and sexually assaulted her, police said. Two women on the street saw what was happening and yelled, scaring the man away, police said. He ran north onto Lippard Street.

Five days later, the woman was driving up to her home when the man reappeared, this time with a gun, and followed her into the garage. He then sexually assaulted the woman a second time, police said.

Investigators described the man as black and in his 20s, 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. The letters INRI were tattooed on his right forearm, police said, and he had a mole under his right cheek.

The woman who was with him in the first attack was described as Latino and in her 20s, 5-foot-3 and 140 pounds, with drawn-on "high-brows" and pink lipstick, police said. She spoke with a thick accent, investigators said.

Police are especially anxious to talk to the two women whose shouts scared off the assailant during the first attack. Anyone with information is asked to call Inspectors Dan Deydon or Sidney Laws at (415) 553-1361 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

Composite drawings of the suspects are available at the Police Department's Web site,


Woman stabbed in the Sunset

Arrest Made In SF Sunset District Stabbing
CBS 5 CrimeWatch

A 23-year-old suspect was taken into custody early Wednesday morning on multiple charges in connection with a stabbing that took place in the Sunset District, San Francisco police said.

A 26-year-old San Francisco woman told police that she was at a 7-Eleven store on 46th Avenue at Judah Street when she believes she was followed to her home.

When she reached the front of her home, 23-year-old Robert Hancock allegedly approached her. The two were involved in a verbal exchange when the suspect reportedly pulled out a knife and stabbed her multiple times, said Sgt. Steve Mannina.

The woman, who was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, told police she doesn't know why the suspect stabbed her.

A witness reported the incident and a description of the suspect to police today at around 1:30 a.m. Units searching the area around the Taraval police station spotted the suspect nearby.

Hancock allegedly ran from one officer but was taken into custody by another officer at approximately 1:51 a.m. Hancock is being held on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, stalking, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation violation and resisting arrest, said Mannina.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Woman shot in back in robbery attempt

Woman, 19, shot in SF during attempted robbery

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

(11-19) 19:05 PST San Francisco -- A 19-year-old woman was shot in the back today in the Visitacion Valley section of San Francisco during an attempted street robbery, police said.

The victim was listed as stable at San Francisco General Hospital after being shot at 5:39 p.m. at Velasco Avenue and Santos Street. Two suspects fled and remain at large.


Monday, November 19, 2007

SF had the most reported hate crimes of any Bay Area city in 2006

FBI: SF has most hate crimes in Bay Area

Nov. 19, 2007 (BCN) - San Francisco had the largest reported number of hate crimes in 2006 among the Bay Area's three major cities followed by San Jose and Oakland had the least, according to new FBI statistics released today.

San Francisco, with a population of approximately 746,000, had a total of 94 reported hate crime incidents in 2006, including 25 that were race-based, 20 religion-based, 38 based on sexual orientation and 11 based on ethnicity, according to the FBI's Hate Crime Statistics 2006 report.

San Jose, the largest city in the Bay Area with a population of approximately 920,000, had 29 reported hate crimes in 2006 including 13 that were race-based, five religion-based, six based on sexual orientations and five based on ethnicity, according to the bureau.

Oakland, the smallest major Bay Area city with a population of approximately 399,000, only had two reported hate crimes in 2006, one race-based and one based on ethnicity, according to the bureau.

Among smaller Bay Area cities, Alameda, Albany and Antioch had one reported hate crime incident each in 2006, Belmont had one, Berkeley 10, Brentwood and Burlingame one each, Concord had seven, Cotati, Daly City, El Cerrito and Fremont one each, Half Moon Bay and Hollister each had two, Livermore had four, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Milpitas, Morgan Hill and Mountain View each had one, Newark had three, Novato and Pacifica had two each, Palo Alto had three, Petaluma had two, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill and Pleasanton had one each, Redwood City had one, Richmond had three, Rohnert Park two, San Bruno and San Leandro had one each, San Mateo had 14, San Pablo one, San Rafael had five, Santa Clara one, Santa Cruz had 13, Santa Rosa six, Sonoma, South San Francisco and Suisun had one each, Union City had four, Walnut Creek had three and Watsonville had four.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

1 killed, 8 injured in 3 seperate SF shootings

3 separate shootings in S.F.

Bay City News

Sunday, November 18, 2007

(11-18) 05:15 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Police are searching for suspects in three separate shootings in San Francisco this morning that left one person dead and eight more injured, according to officials.

At approximately 3:20 a.m., officers responded to the area of Treat Avenue and 23rd Street in the city's Mission District and found three victims suffering gunshot wounds, police said.

One person died and two were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, according to police.

About an hour earlier, at 2:10 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Florida Street, also located in the Mission District, where a dance club had apparently just closed, police said.

A fight that allegedly broken out in the club earlier may have prompted an unknown suspect to then shoot two people in their legs, according to police.

Both victims were in stable condition and transported to a local hospital for treatment to their wounds, police said.

Just 20 minutes earlier, a drive-by shooting in the city's South of Market neighborhood left four victims injured, according to police.

An unidentified vehicle was driving at Mission and 11th streets at about 1:50 a.m. when at least one suspect inside the car began firing shots at a group of people, police said.

Four victims were struck with bullets before the vehicle sped off, police said.

The victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital where they are reportedly in stable condition.

Suspects remain at large for all three incidents, police added.


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Man shot dead on Polk Street

Fatal shooting in San Francisco
Erin Allday

Saturday, November 17, 2007

(11-17) 11:10 PST San Francisco -- A man was shot and killed early today after a brief fight with two other men in San Francisco, police said.

The victim, who was in his 20s, was shot in the hip on Polk Street near McAllister Street at about 1:30 a.m., police said. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police have not released his name.

The two suspects fled the scene and no arrests have been made. It is not known whether the suspects knew the victim before the shooting, police said.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Man robs bank, goes on carjacking spree

11/13/07 5:00 PST


A hard-luck bank robber was chased by construction workers and denied twice in carjacking attempts before police caught him this morning in a wild chase through San Francisco, Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

Sacramento resident David Bryant, 51, robbed a Wachovia bank at 200 Pine St. at 9:05 a.m., according to Gittens.

He allegedly jumped over the bank counter and grabbed an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register before fleeing on foot.

Bryant was seen running from the bank, dropping money as he went, according to witnesses. Trying to get away, he brandished a knife in an attempt to carjack a woman driving a Volvo on California Street, said Gittens. The woman drove away, but nearby construction workers saw the incident and began chasing Bryant.

They followed him down California Street and Bryant then tried to carjack the driver of a van, who also refused to give up his vehicle.

Bryant wasn't about to stop trying. At the intersection of Bush and Sansome streets, he allegedly stopped a cab and told the driver at knifepoint to take him to the Tenderloin neighborhood, according to Gittens. Construction workers were not able to follow him beyond that point.

However, police were able to stop and arrest Bryant on Leavenworth Street at 9:15 a.m., according to Gittens.

He was charged with five counts of robbery, two counts of attempted car jacking, one count carjacking, and one count kidnapping.


Monday, November 12, 2007

Fatal shooting at the Metreon. Victim was "walking too slow"

That would be the second murder at the Metreon so far this year.

Update: The motive is now known: the victim was walking too slow

Teenager arrested in fatal Metreon shooting

Tanya Schevitz,Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writers

Monday, November 12, 2007

(11-12) 08:35 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Authorities today identified the victim of Sunday's fatal shooting at San Francisco's Metreon shopping center and movie theater as Michael Price, Jr., of Oakland.

Price, 18, was shot to death after an argument with at least one other young man just inside the building's entrance, according to witnesses and police.

Minutes later, a 15-year-old suspect was arrested a block away from where the Sunday evening shooting took place, said Sgt. Neville Gittens, a San Francisco police spokesman. The suspect was arrested on Mission Street near 5th Street and was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest, according to Gittens.

Police officials would not release any other information about the suspect because of his age but Gittens said the teenager is being held at the Youth Guidance Center on suspicion of murder and a weapons charge. A crowd surged out the front doors of the Metreon at the corner of Fourth and Mission streets moments after the 7:05 p.m. shooting near the main movie theater ticket counter. Police, who were directing traffic outside because of the crush prompted by a nearby Oracle Corp. conference, rushed in and found the victim lying on the floor, Gittens said.

The victim, whose name was withheld by police, was shot "numerous times" and died at San Francisco General Hospital at 7:30 p.m.

While a motive is not known, the victim and suspect had been arguing, Gittens said. Investigators do not believe the incident was gang related, he added.

"It was just one of those encounters," he said.

San Francisco resident James Galindez said he and Judy Anderson walked by four young men who were arguing just before the shooting.

"There were four males around 17 or 18 years old, and they were saying, 'I'll pop a cap in your ass,' " he said. "They were arguing, and (Anderson) pulled me away. ... We walked away to Sanraku (restaurant), and that's when we heard the shots, pop, pop, pop."

Gittens said police were able to interview a large number of witnesses after the shooting, though he was not sure whether any of those people were the victim's or suspect's friends.


Thursday, November 8, 2007

SF crimes reported in the past 90 days

Stats from August 10th to November 8th.

vehicle theft: 1892
narcotics/drugs: 2434 (925 in the Tenderloin. No surprise there...)
rapes: 25
robberies: 935
aggravated assaults: 1965
burglaries: 1182
larceny/theft: 6294
arson: 59
vandalism: 1748
homicide: 23

total: 16557

Here are the stats from May 5th until August 02.

Vehicle theft: 1394
Drugs/Narcotics: 1948
Rapes: 21
Robbery: 894
aggravated assault: 1715
Burglary: 1180
Larceny/Theft: 5305
Arson: 67
Vandalism: 1662
Homicide: 30

total: 14213

So that means the 180 day total, minus 8 days in August, is:

vehicle theft: 3286
narcotics/drugs: 4382
rapes: 46
robberies: 1829
aggravated assaults: 3680
burglaries: 2362
larceny/theft: 11599
arson: 126
vandalism: 3410
homicide: 54 (there was 1 more murder in the 8 days missed)

TOTAL: 30771

For all of 2006, SF had:

vehicle theft: 6636
rape: 154
robbery: 3858
Aggravated assault: 2435
burglary: 6465
Larceny/theft: 23891
arson: 226
Homicide: 86

In just 180 days, San Francisco had 1041 more assaults than it had in all of 2005, and 1235 more than all of 2006 (2639 assaults in '05, 2435 in '06).

I really wish the SFPD would compile and make public all these statistics themselves. Or at least make data for the WHOLE year so far available on the crime maps.

Anyways, as for assault rates, SF looks set to possibly come out with over 7,000 assaults at the end of year, and an assault rate of almost 1000 per 100,000 residents. SF's assault rate in 2005 was 352.3 per 100,000, and in 2006 it was 324.7). Detroit had an Assault rate of 1400 per 100,000 in 2005. Oakland had one of 654.2. SF is getting up there...

SFPD Crimemap mystery

Well here's something I've noticed...

The SFPD's crimemaps were already a little frustrating to use, what with information that only goes back 90 days, and no ability to look at statistics for the city as a whole...but it's been taken a step further. The ability to search for homicides has been removed. Arson, rape, robbery, larceny, etc, etc, it's all there. But you can no longer search for murders. It's been this way for at least a month it seems. Not too sure what the reason is behind this, but it's sort of a coincidence when you take this year's record murder rate into account...

Random stuff from the past couple days

These are all taken from the tips section at SFist:

Turk and Larkin. There is a sh*t load of police and the coroner van just arrived. The body was found in a sitting position underneath the garbage shoot in the alley way.

Age: unknown
Race: unknown

17 hours, 3 minutes ago

- Six cop cars, fire engine and ambulance at 200 Brannan, 3:30am ish. One man taken away in ambulance. What is happening in my quiet South Beach? This is the same ground-floor apartment that set of a big fire cracker in the street last week.

1 day, 8 hours ago

- At 2:45am this morning, I woke to six gunshots sounding extremely close to Page and Broderick. Cops said they had someone on the way, but haven't heard anything. Anyone?

1 day, 8 hours ago

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Man shot in the Tenderloin

11/06/07 8:35 PST


A 19-year-old man was shot in the chest in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood tonight, police said.

The shooting was reported at around 7 p.m. at Ellis and Jones streets, said a police official.

No other information was immediately available.


Police Investigating Bank Robberies

11/06/07 8:05 PST


San Francisco police believe one man is responsible for six bank robberies that have occurred in San Francisco and Oakland over the course of several months.

The robberies spanned from June 13 to Aug. 20, police said. Five were at banks in San Francisco's Chinatown and another was in Oakland.

The suspect's method is to demand money by passing the bank teller a note, police said. He is described as a thin, middle-aged Chinese man standing between 5 foot 6 inches and 5 foot 7 inches tall. He wears a cap or hat during the heists, police said.

Information regarding the series of robberies is asked to contact Inspector Dan Gardner at (415) 553-9255 or FBI Special Agent David Walden at (415) 553-7400.


Saturday, November 3, 2007

Two shot dead in Hunters Point

- Sir Marcus Bibbs, 21, was shot to death, and another man wounded, by two teenage suspects, at 8 a.m. near Garlington Court and La Salle Avenue.
- An unidentified man in his early 20's was shot to death at 3 a.m. this morning at West point and Middle Point Roads.

Also, a man was arrested today on suspicion of murdering a woman in a SOMA hotel room in 2006.

Shootings, stabbings, and arson

- The morning of October 25th, a 38 year-old man was shot by several suspects in a robbery in the Tenderloin. He received life-threatening injuries, and some of the suspects were arrested.
- 2 separate shootings sent 3 to the hospital last Friday. Two victims were hit in Visitacion Valley, and received non life-threatening injuries. The third victim was shot in Hunters Point, and received life-threatening injuries.
- Also last Friday, a man attempted to kill six nuns by setting a convent on fire in the Portola District (news incorrectly states the location as the Bayview). Luckily the fire went out, and he was arrested.
- last Sunday, a man was stabbed on 7th Street in SoMa, receiving life-threatening injuries.
- the guy who set burning man on fire early was arrested after a tip that he was planning to burn down Grace Cathedral. He was found on the cathedral steps with some illegal fireworks, and apprehended.
- On Tuesday night, police opened fire on some robbery suspects at a McDonalds on Ocean Avenue, near City College. One bullet went through the wall of a house and slightly injured a woman inside.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Man shot in Golden Gate Park

A man was shot and wounded in Golden Gate Park Monday night, near the intersection of 25th Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive. He's in stable condition at SF General.

Monday, October 22, 2007

103 Dealers Arrested in Tenderloin Drug Sweep

The SFPD arrested 103 suspected drug dealers in a week-long operation in the Tenderloin. A similar operation in July netted 101 arrests. On Saturday night I guess saw some of the action from the F on Market Street. A guy was getting arrested by 4 plainclothes officers on mid-market. Needless to say it was pretty interesting to the tourists riding the train.

6 shot Saturday through Monday

- Two men shot Sunday morning
- One man shot in Visitacion Valley Sunday evening
- One man shot in the foot in Hunters Point, Monday morning

- According to commenter yeastbeast, one man was shot at 19th and Capp in the Mission Saturday Morning, and a Homicide inspector was spotted at the scene several hours later.

- According to an anonymous commenter, another man was shot Saturday morning at Jones and Golden Gate street in the Tenderloin.

Hmmm, according to a commenter on SFgate, there was a shooting at Hyde and Leavenworth today as well (comment is by Nicolette, at the bottom of the page.)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Two shot Sunday morning

Two victims took themselves to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at 5:30 a.m. with gunshot wounds. They were then transferred to SFGH. There's no other information. I'm guessing they were shot in the Western Addition, if they took themselves to Kaiser...

Update: Looks like they were shot on the 100 block of Turk street, in the Tenderloin.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Woman stabbed, man shot

- 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, a woman was stabbed at a bus stop at Market and 7th Streets downtown.

- 5:48 p.m., today, a man was shot in the chest at 47th Avenue and Vicente Street in the Sunset. No word on his condition, but a suspect has been arrested.

Also, three armed robberies last night, within three hours.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Man stabbed to death in Richmond District

Man found stabbed to death outside Golden Gate Park

Chronicle Staff Report

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A 29-year-old man was found stabbed to death on the northern edge of Golden Gate Park early today, San Francisco police said.

Police received calls from residents near 47th Avenue and Fulton Street around 2:55 a.m. reporting that a man was screaming in the street, said police Sgt. Neville Gittens. Officers arrived and found the man dead.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (415) 575-4444.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

More Mission violence

10/14/07 2:30 PDT


Three victims suffered gunshot wounds in San Francisco's Mission District early this morning, according to officials.

Police responded to reports of gunfire in the 500 block of Shotwell Street just before 1 a.m. and found three victims had been shot, officials said.

The extent of each victim's injuries is unknown.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mission District violence

- 1:15 p.m. today, a person was stabbed on a Muni bus at 16th and Mission Streets. No word on what bus it was, or the extent of the victim's injuries.

- 11:20 p.m., Wednesday night, 38 year-old Pepefou Faalogoifo was shot to death as he walked north on Folsom Street, near 25th street.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Murder Total

San Francisco is at 90 murders now, or 89, according to the SF Chronicle, up from 85 for all of 2006, according to the SFPD (or 86, according to the FBI). It should be safe to say that 2005's 10-year record of 96 will be broken by the end of the year. It's certainly possible that the next highest record, 103 murders in 1995 (according to Chronicle. FBI says 99), may also be broken, which would give SF the highest murder rate since 1993, when 133 people were killed, according to the Chronicle (FBI says 129 killed). That record will probably not be broken unless there's some insane surge in killings.

The discrepancy between my count and the Chronicle's may be Hugues De La Plaza, who's death isn't officially counted as a murder so far, as the Medical Examiner has not released any official ruling on the cause of his death. Thanks to G.W. Schulz of the SFBG for the information on this, which he posted in a comment here.

Also, for those who had been wondering about the body in front of the Hilton last month, it was not a shooting. The victim either fell, was pushed, or jumped off of a balcony on the Hilton. Details are here.

Lastly, I'm pretty sure that the man I had reported as being shot and run over, in the suspicious/unverified deaths section, was actually the robber who was shot and run over by a father-son vigilante duo (he survived).

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Three shot to death

Three fatal shootings in SF today

Steve Rubenstein,Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writers

(10-03) 22:06 PDT San Francisco -- Three people were shot to death in separate incidents in San Francisco today, police said.

The first shooting happened around 1 a.m. Officers found Ramadan Smith, 29, face down in the bike lane on the 2300 block of Post Street in the Western Addition, police said.

In the second incident, Reynaldo Cruz Hernandez, 17, of Oakland was fatally shot while standing at Ellis and Larkin streets in the Tenderloin a little after 4 a.m., San Francisco police said.

Reynaldo was with two other young men. Police believe the group was targeted by three men inside a car.

One of the men opened fire, hitting the teenager. Reynaldo was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital. No one else was hurt.

The killer and his companions fled in the car, which witnesses described to police as a gray, four-door compact, possibly a Pontiac.

The third fatal shooting occurred at about 7:40 p.m. on a Visitacion Valley street, police said.

A unidentified 30-year-old man was shot in the neck at Towerside Avenue and Schwerin Street. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died, police said. There have been no arrests.


Sunday, September 30, 2007

Two shot during lovefest

As quoted from Sfist:

Late afternoon 2 men were shot on Market Street between 6th and 7th. One victim, an innocent bystander who appeared to be a Love Fest attendee, was shot in the hand while shielding himself from a direct hit. The other victim, who was arguing with the shooter, was hit in the hand and back. Police and Ambulances where on the scene almost immediately. A bullet went through the window of an art studio and scared the heck out of an artist at work.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Man shot to death in Visitacion Valley

09/30/07 6:25 PDT


San Francisco police are saying today they believe that a fatal shooting that took place in the Visitation Valley district on Saturday afternoon was a result of a vehicle collision.

According to police Sgt. Neville Gittens, at around 12:05 p.m. there may have been a traffic collision between two cars in the 100 block of Raymond Street.

Gittens said they believe there were three suspects in the suspect vehicle. After the collision, said Gittens, two of the suspects got out of the car and began to talk with 66-year-old Kam Shing Yam of San Francisco, who had exited his vehicle.

One of the suspects then jumped into the victim's car and tried to drive away, said Gittens. Yam reportedly stood in front of the vehicle in order to stop the suspect from driving away.

At that point, said Gittens, the second suspect shot at Yam, who was later pronounced dead at the scene. The suspects drove away in both vehicles.

Yam's car was later found deserted at La Grande and Brazil avenues near John McLaren Park, said Gittens.

Police are now asking for the public's help in finding the three suspects, possibly in their teens or early-20s. If anyone has information about the incident, please call the Confidential Tip line at (415) 575-4444.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Man shot during attempted robbery

09/28/07 8:20 PDT


A man was shot in the ankle Thursday night in San Francisco as he attempted to run away from three men who allegedly tried to rob him, police said.

The victim was standing with another man near the intersection of Bayshore Boulevard and Sunnydale Avenue in the city's Visitacion Valley neighborhood at around 10:45 p.m., according to police.

Three men, reportedly between the ages of 16 and 19, attempted to rob the two men, prompting them to run away.

One man was shot in the ankle as he tried to flee and was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

No arrests have been made and an investigation into the shooting is underway.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Man shot to death on Friday

09/24/07 11:05 PDT


A San Francisco man who was shot and killed Friday afternoon has been identified today by the San Francisco medical examiner's office as 32-year-old Herbert Bell.

Bell was driving in front of 1655 Jerrold St. around 2:45 p.m. when two suspects fired into his vehicle. Bell suffered gunshot wounds and died at the scene, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said. A female passenger in the car was not injured.

Police are investigating the shooting, but there are no suspects, Gittens said.

Notice how when there's a murder in Oakland, Berkeley, Redwood City, or San Jose, the news is all over it. Kill someone in SF, and you have a good chance there will be no news, save for a skimpy article that appears 3 days later, on Bay City Newswire and the Examiner. I came across this one by chance, checking the BCN website. I saw the headline, and pasted it into google (rather than pay $20 to view the article)...that's how I found out. Cbs5 apparently had it for maybe an hour before it was pushed off their site.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Shootings and stabbings, last weekend through this weekend

Here's the list:

5 injured in seperate shootings and stabbings this weekend:

- 5 a.m. Saturday, man shot in the stomach at Church and Market, in the Castro

- 6 p.m. Saturday, 15 year-old boy was stabbed in the eye and in his hands while standing at Excelsior Avenue and Lisbon Street, in the Excelsior

- 2:24 a.m. this morning, a man was shot in the leg while standing in the 500 block of Barneveld Avenue, in Silver Terrace

- 3 a.m. this morning, another man was shot in the leg while walking in the area of Loehr Street near Sunnydale Avenue in Visitacion Valley

- Ten minutes later in the Tenderloin, a male victim was stabbed in the neck during an argument. Assailant was arrested.

For the past week:

- 3 p.m. Thursday, Woman randomly slashed in the face by a man with a box-cutter, at Pine and Divisadero Streets in Lower Pacific Heights. Assailant has been arrested and is charged with attempted homicide.

- 8 p.m. Thursday, a man was shot at 6th and Minna streets, South of Market, two men were arrested.

- 9 a.m. Friday, a senior at Galileo High School was stabbed in the face while standing at the corner of Van Ness and Bay in the Marina.

- 2:45 p.m. Friday, Herbert Bell, 32, shot to death while driving in front of 1655 Jerrold Street, Hunters Point

And for last weekend:

- 9:45 p.m. Friday, shooting at 24th and York streets injures two in the Mission

- 12:00 a.m. Saturday, shooting wounds one at Amazon Avenue and Vienna Street in the Excelsior

- 12:30 a.m. Saturday, man stabbed at 24th and Capp streets in the Mission

- 12:45 a.m. Saturday, a shooting at Harrison and Sixth streets in SOMA injures one person

- 10:05 p.m Saturday, a shooting in the 900 block of Shotwell Street injures one in the Mission.

- 10:15 p.m. Saturday, stabbing at Turk and Steiner streets wounds one in the Western Addition.

- 12:00 a.m. Sunday, 37-year-old Marcus Harris, of San Francisco, stabbed to death in the 1500 block of La Salle Avenue, Hunters Point.

- 1:50 a.m. Sunday, Ronald Jacques, 23(either an SF or Los Angeles resident), was fatally shot, and a woman in her 20's wounded when Kenoye Stroman, 23, of Oakland, fired into a crowd during a brawl outside of Jillian's nightclub at the Metreon. 4th and Howard, SOMA.

- 12:00 p.m. Monday, man wounded when shot in the neck by assailant with a sawed-off shotgun, 921 Post St., Lower Nob Hill. The assailant was arrested.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Man shot in neck

According to a crime alert at Cbs5:

One person has been shot in the neck at 930 Post in San Francisco. A suspect is at large, armed with a sawed-off shotgun.

Awaiting further news...

Also, a man was shot to death on the 1500 block of La Salle Avenue on Saturday.

San Francisco has now equaled the murder total for all of 2006.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

New map

Alright, I have a new interactive map set up, let me know what you think. The old map is linked still, if you prefer that one.

Two shot, one fatally

A person has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred early this morning in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, police said.

Two people were shot at 4th and Howard streets at approximately 1:50 a.m., a fire dispatcher said.

One victim was killed and another suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to police.


Also, according to a commenter here, and others on SFist, there was a shooting at 24th and York, at 9:45 Friday night. Around 10 shots fired, one person hit, and another person grazed.

In addition, on Saturday there was apparently an armed carjacking with a shot fired at Kearny and Broadway.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Two shootings

09/15/07 1:25 PDT


Two separate shootings occurred in San Francisco within 20 minutes of each other early this morning, authorities said.

One victim is suffering non-life threatening injuries from a shooting that occurred just before 12:30 a.m. between Amazon and Italy avenues in the city's Ingleside neighborhood, police said.

Another shooting was reported at 12:50 a.m. and took place at 6th and Harrison streets in the South of Market neighborhood, a fire dispatcher said.

That victim's condition is unknown at this time, the dispatcher said.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Mission District shooting puts two in hospital

Sep 14, 2007 8:28 AM (7 hrs ago)
by Adam Martin, The Examiner

SAN FRANCISCO - Continuing San Francisco's escalating violence streak, a shooting on the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District injured two people shortly after midnight Friday morning, police reported.

At 12:03 a.m., an unidentified shooter fired on two victims from a vehicle in the 3400 block of 19th Street, police said. The victims, who were on the street when they were shot, were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition.

"It was kind of startling — everyone wanted to know what was going on,'' said Melissa Scott, a customer at Lexington Club, which is located near the site of the shooting. "But then it was just business as usual.''

No arrests have been made in the shooting, police reported.


Shooting, double-stabbing leave two in critical condition

1 Injured In Early Morning SF Shooting
CBS 5 CrimeWatch

(BCN) SAN FRANCISCO An early morning shooting Thursday on Newcomb Avenue and Newhall Street in San Francisco's Silver Terrace District sent one man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police Sgt. Steve Mannina.

Unknown suspects riding in a vehicle approached the victims' vehicle and shot at the two victims, Mannina said.

One victim was shot and injured. The other victim drove him to San Francisco General Hospital.

The shooting was reported at about 12:40 a.m.

No arrests have been made.


09/14/07 1:40 PDT


A stabbing involving two victims took place Thursday night in the unit block of Bernard Street in Nob Hill, San Francisco police reported today.

Police are looking for a black male between the ages of 30 and 40 who may be involved in the incident, which was reported to police at about 7 p.m.

The suspect allegedly rang the doorbell of the residence of the first victim, a 31-year-old Asian male, and the second victim, a 58-year-old Asian male. When the first victim answered the door, he and the suspect began arguing.

The suspect then cut the first victim on the face with an unknown weapon, according to police. At that point, the second victim attempted to intervene and was also cut on the face by the suspect. The suspect then fled the scene.

The first victim is reported to have life-threatening injuries.


Thursday, September 13, 2007

S.F. father, son seek justice for suspected robber, end up in jail

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, September 13, 2007
Shooting in Western Addition. Chronicle Graphic

It first appeared to be an all-too-typical drive-by shooting in San Francisco's troubled Western Addition - distinguished only because it was witnessed by a member of the city's Board of Supervisors.

But police now say the incident was far darker: an extreme case of vigilante vengeance involving a father and his 16-year-old son against a supposed street robber blamed for holding up the youth on the way to school.

The 39-year-old father, after being summoned to the scene by his son, allegedly ran over the suspected robber in the family car and then urged his son to shoot the prone man in the street. Authorities say he did. Somehow, the man survived. Both father and son now face attempted murder charges.

Full Article

Bay Area murder numbers

San Francisco: 83 (up from 65 at the same time last year)
Oakland: 95 (down from 100 at the same time last year)
San Jose: 21
Richmond: 19 (down from 28 at the same time last year)

Between Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 people were shot and killed in Richmond, and 6 more were wounded, in 11 shootings. 2 more people were shot dead in Oakland, and 2 were shot dead, and another injured in San Jose.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

One more murder

Hugues De La Plaza, 36, was stabbed to death on July 2nd, in his apartment on Linden Street in Hayes Valley. Originally reported as "a possible homicide" by the SFPD, and as a suicide by the medical examiner, the case is actually being investigated as a homicide. Both by the SFPD and French police, as requested by De La Plaza's parents, who are French citizens. He is now listed as homicide number 56.

And here's an alarming statistic (taken from the Hugues De La Plaza Blog):

Here's a statistic you could use:
From 2004 through August 2006, San Francisco had 253 Homicides; only one person was convicted. (This statistic comes from a Legislative Analyst's report commissioned by San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi)

Forgotten Homicide

On April 15th, 14 year-old Tamesha Tobie, of Stockton -reportedly- accidentally shot and killed herself in her grandmother's home on Oak Street. Well apparently, someone else shot her, according to a report released July 1st by the medical examiner, and Tamesha Tobie is now San Francisco's 30th homicide of the year. Up until early September, when the Guardian investigated, even the SFPD, including the Lt. of the Homicide Unit, had no knowledge of the medical examiner's findings, though the Lt. states he personally regarded it as suspicious all along. It was only after the Guardian's report that the SFPD ruled her death a homicide. Further more, the gun that killed her (a .357 magnum revolver. Think Dirty Harry) has been found to have been used in another homicide, earlier this year.

So that's 82 homicides for SF.

The full story

Monday, September 10, 2007

Nortenos terrorize residents in the Mission

As reported by an anonymous contributer at SFist:

Nortenos wage campaign of terror in the Mission: Just as the bars closed for the night, at approximately 2:10-2:30 of Sunday morning (Sept. 9) a group of about 10-15 norteno gang members went on a rampage at the corner of 24th and Shotwell. They literally stopped cars driving down 24th Street and threatened drivers. They also threw rocks and bottles and vandalized parked cars. The gang members then fired several shots into the air, from what I presumed to be fully automatic handguns. SFPD responded rather quickly after shots were fired, but the gang members got away. I overheard the gang members saying that this was their barrio.

Could be that the gang is trying to intimidate people in the neighborhood before the injunctions are enforced. Stay safe out there!

Friday, September 7, 2007

More information on the shooting victim near Candlestick Park

Mosque leader's son, 18, gunned down near Monster Park

Jaxon Van Derbeken,Jonathan Curiel, Chronicle Staff Writers

Friday, September 7, 2007

The 18-year-old son of the leader of a mosque in San Francisco was shot and killed after driving to Monster Park, possibly to meet someone, authorities said Thursday.

Ali Sayed Ahmed Shahin, 18, of San Francisco was shot several times in the head about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Giants Drive and Ingerson Avenue. His car was left at the scene.

Complete Article

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Murder total for the year

This is all pretty hard, compiling accurate numbers just from the news and the SFPD website (which is almost useless most of the time), so here's my take on the murder total so far this year:

Right now, it looks like it's at least 81, which is what the Chronicle is counting. The Chronicle claims the shooting on O'Farrell is an OD victim, though that seems strange, seeing as many people report hearing a gunshot right before the man died...
(I'm putting this one in the list of unverified murders and suspicious deaths, seeing as there are so many conflicting accounts of what happened, the newest being that it was a suicide, either from jumping from the roof, or a self-inflicted gunshot. So my count is going back down to 81.)

If the double murder last week WAS a murder-suicide, than take one murder off the list. There's no official word on that though, so I'm leaving it as it was initially reported: a double-homicide.

You can also include a couple murders that were reported by witnesses and not the news, as well as some murders that were initially reported as suspicious by the papers, but which may have later been considered murder, such as the man strangled in the Haight early in the year, which in news was regarded alternately as both suspicious, and a can be confusing.

So, the total COULD be anywhere from at the very least 80 to *possibly* even 88 (or even 90, if the 2 hit-and-run victims a couple weeks ago are included as murders, though I'm pretty sure they're manslaughter). The news and the SFPD website are so inconsistent with their reporting (and when they DO report, they sometimes don't include all the facts) that it's hard to tell for sure.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Murder victim found in Golden Gate park

Body found in Golden Gate Park may be murder victim
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

(09-05) 11:51 PDT SAN FRANCISCO - A man was found dead today in Golden Gate Park in what San Francisco police described as an apparent homicide.

The victim, described only as a man, was found about 10 a..m. in a grove of eucalyptus trees south of the Polo Fields. A police officer described the scene as "kind of a mess," but would not provide details on how the man died.

UPDATE: he was a homeless man, and he was stabbed to death.

Man shot to death in Hunters Point

09/05/07 2:35 PDT

A Tuesday evening shooting that claimed the life of a male victim occurred near San Francisco's Monster Park, according to the San Francisco medical examiner's office.

The shooting took place at around 9 p.m. near the intersection of Giants Drive and Ingerson Avenue, officials said.

Authorities said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other information was immediately available.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

News is (obviously) not reporting on some murders

Well, I have three murders that supopsedly happened, but which have NOT been reported on by any news outlets. The most recent:

A few guests on this site left comments reporting that a man had been shot to death as he exited a taxi at Taylor and O'Farrell streets in the Tenderloin, on the night of September 2nd, just before Monday. Apparently dozens of people witnessed the police and medical examiner photograph and remove the body. And what news do we have? SFgate: none. Cbs5: none. KTVU: none.

Maybe the San Francisco daily reported it, but I unfortunately haven't been able to get one today. It's sad that the best newspaper in this city is a free daily paper. I just wish the SF Daily could get a website up and going...

Anyways, the other two murders I have heard of, but which have not been reported:

- A male victim was reportedly shot in the head and run over with a car, at Webster Street and Golden Gate Ave., at 9:00 am, in the Western Addition. Apparently many people in the neighborhood were talking about this(08/31)

- A man was reportedly shot in the face at 24th and York Streets, in the Mission, after which he got in his car, drove a block, crashed, and according to witnesses, died. (sometime in mid to late-July)

So...anyone know anymore about these incidents?

Man in critical condition after Mission District stabbing

Teen Stabbed In San Francisco's Mission District

(BCN) SAN FRANCISCO A 19-year-old man who was stabbed in San Francisco's Mission District on Saturday is fighting for his life today.

The man was approached by a group of people who yelled at him thinking he was a gang member, according to police.

The suspects then repeatedly stabbed him at Mission and 26th streets. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Another murder on Monday

Turns out a second man was killed on Monday, in Vis Valley, apparently in retaliation for the killing of Byron Smith on Sunday.

That makes 7 homicides in 4 days.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Two more murders

"Byron Smith, a 32-year-old San Francisco resident, was found fatally shot in the 100 block of Velasco Avenue around 9:40 a.m. Sunday, according to officials.

Officers reportedly discovered John Daniel Schirra, 22, dead on a street in the 2600 block of San Jose Avenue around 3:42 a.m. Monday. Officers are investigating the incident as a homicide."


Sunday, September 2, 2007

Fatal shooting in Bayview District

09/02/07 6:25 PDT


Officers are investigating an early morning homicide in the Bayview district, a San Francisco police dispatcher said.

Police responded to reports of shots fired in the 6600 block of Third Street around 2:30 a.m., a dispatcher said. One victim was found suffering gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Crime Wave!

At least 3 dead, and 5 shot in 12 hours in SF:


- 9:20 p.m.: shooting at Taylor and Market Streets in the tenderloin wounds one man, hitting him in the arm.

- 10:00 p.m.: man shot 4 times in Sunnydale, once in each arm and twice in the chest. His injuries are considered non life-threatening.

- 11:00 p.m.: Man found o the ground with a gunshot wound to his back in Hunters Point. His injuries are also non life-threatening.

And here comes Friday:

- 2 a.m.: man stabbed to death at UN Plaza in Civic Center near McAllister Street.

- 9:40 a.m.: man shot three times in drive-by at Steiner and Fulton Streets in the Western Addition. His wounds are not life-threatening. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was jogging at the time, and helped police catch the suspects.

- According to a guest on Sfist: A teenager was shot in the head and run over with a car this morning in the Western Addition, behind Ella Hill Hutch Community Center. No word yet from the news on that.

- 2 people were found slain in a home in Ingleside Heights.

Thursday night violence leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded

Homicide Follows Violent Night In San Francisco
CBS 5 CrimeWatch

(BCN) SAN FRANCISCO An early morning stabbing in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood that claimed the life of one man followed an evening of heavy violence in the city, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

On Thursday night, officers responded to three separate shootings that occurred in different parts of the city and sent three men to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The first shooting occurred in the 100 block of Taylor Street in the Tenderloin at around 9:20 p.m., according to a police dispatcher. Police said a 31-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his arm.

At 10:06 p.m. police responded to reports of shots fired in the 1800 block of Sunnydale Avenue in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood, the dispatcher said. Police located a 29-year-old man who had been shot four times, once in each arm and twice in his chest. The man was transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

About an hour later, at 11:10 p.m., police responded to a third shooting in the 1700 block of McKinnon Avenue in the city's Bayview District, police said. Officers found a 20-year-old man who had been shot once in the back. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the dispatcher.

Then, early this morning, officers responded to a fatal stabbing at around 2:10 a.m. in the unit block of McAllister St., just one block from University of California's Hastings College of Law, police said.

The victim, a male in his 20s, was stabbed multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
No arrests have been made and police are investigating the crimes.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

San Francisco has some of the worst public housing projects in the nation

The Hunters View projects in Hunters Point are the worst, with a score of 26 out of 100, followed by Sunnydale, with a score of 46 out of 100. A score of 60 is considered "satisfactory."

Problems such as mold, mildew, malfunctioning appliances, sewage problems, lack of sewer and drain covers, broken glass, cockroaches, potholes, burnt-out trash cans, missing smoke-detectors, and bullet holes are rampant.

The regional HUD director says: "It's among the lowest scores I have ever seen."

Monday, August 27, 2007

Teenage boy shot in Visitacion Valley

16-year-old boy shot in SF
Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff Writer

Monday, August 27, 2007

(08-27) 19:11 PDT San Francisco -- A 16-year-old male was shot three times Monday afternoon on San Bruno Avenue in San Francisco.

The incident happened just after 4 p.m. when someone ran up to the victim on the street and shot him in the side and the back, said Sgt. Neville Gittens, spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department. The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he underwent surgery Monday evening.

Police do not have a description of the suspect, who got into a waiting vehicle that was driven by another person. The police department's gang task force is investigating the incident, Gittens said.

Chronicle homicide count, gang murder numbers

According to the Chronicle, there have been 70 murders (as opposed to my count of 71, though they NEVER mentioned the killing of Sung Park...maybe that explains it...then again, it might on.).

I don't know what murders they have included in their total however, or if the recent hit and runs should put my count up to 73. It's unknown (to me anyways) whether those have been ruled murder, or vehicular manslaughter. Uuntil recently, the Chronicle's count was 68. After the two hit and runs, it rose to 70, though there's been no specific mention of the deaths being ruled as murders. It could be that some previous suspicious deaths were recently considered to be murder. Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing these things for sure... Anyone have an Idea? Or better yet, specific information?

Also, apparently, only 11 of the homicides so far this year have been attributed to gang warfare by the SFPD.

One violent neighborhood, 2 children, 2 trajectories

Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer

Sunday, August 26, 2007

They were words that should never have come out of a child's mouth.

Brandon Oloa, 14, said them without emotion.

"I think my sister was in the way when they were shooting, and she got hit," he said of the seemingly random shooting. "I think she took the bullet for my mom."

Complete Article

Friday, August 24, 2007

Fatal traffic accidents rise sharply - Police crack down on drivers

34 people have died from traffic collisions in San Francisco so far this year, including 3 last week. In all of 2006, there were 28 fatalities, and 26 in all of 2005. 22 of those so far this year were pedestrians, up from 12 pedestrians for the entire year of '06.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Man Shot Dead in the Excelsior

San Francisco
Man steps outside home, is fatally shot
Tyche Hendricks

Monday, August 20, 2007

A San Francisco man was shot and killed early Sunday as he stepped out of an Excelsior district home, police said.

Carlos Cruz, 25, died at San Francisco General Hospital, according to the San Francisco medical examiner. He had been leaving a home in the 400 block of Persia Avenue when two people approached him and one opened fire, hitting him several times, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

Two Fatal Hit and Runs Within 20 Minutes

2 pedestrians killed by hit-run drivers
Demian Bulwa

Monday, August 20, 2007

Police are seeking two hit-and-run drivers after separate late-night crashes this weekend in San Francisco killed two pedestrians - a Canadian navy lieutenant on shore leave and a retired American Automobile Association inspector who was struck near his Castro neighborhood home.

Just before 2 a.m. Saturday, police said, a silver or gray Mercedes-Benz traveling south on the Embarcadero at Howard Street struck Mark Ashley, a 27-year-old Toronto resident who was assigned to the Canadian guided-missile frigate Calgary, which had arrived Friday.

At 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Roger Tennyson, 77, had just parked his Toyota RAV4 outside his home on the 100 block of Sanchez Street and had emerged from the vehicle when he was struck by a driver who fled. No description of the vehicle was released.

Police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said investigators were still working on a description of the vehicle.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Man shot to death in Hunters Point Friday Morning

An unidentified male was shot dead in broad daylight this morning in San Francisco's Bayview District, just blocks from Monster Park, according to police.

Neighbors called police just before 7 a.m. reporting hearing a gunshot in the area of Nichols and Cameron ways, Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

Officers found a male victim lying on the sidewalk, according to Mannina. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

No one was able to provide a description of the suspect or suspects, and police are still attempting to interview witnesses, Mannina said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department's confidential tip line at (415) 575-4444.

Check out the video posted with the article, If you want a good overview of the crime scene.

Man Shot to Death in Hunters Point

SAN FRANCISCO /35-year-old man shot to death in Bayview
Marisa Lagos

Friday, August 17, 2007

A 35-year-old San Francisco man was shot and killed Wednesday night in the Bayview district, police said today.

Darski Alexander was shot around 6:45 p.m. by a man in his 20s, police Sgt. Steve Mannina said. No arrests have been made.

Alexander was standing near the corner of Innes Avenue and Mendell Street when he was shot, Mannina said. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Crime Cameras not Helping

Apparently, the 178 video cameras that were recently installed in San Francisco housing projects have yet to help in any homicide investigations.

Monday, August 13, 2007

CA Attorney General's car broken into in SF...In front of City Hall

Californa attorney general Jerry Brown had his car broken into in San Francisco the other day. It happened in broad daylight, across the street from City Hall. Crack kills. It gets your GPS unit stolen too.

Anyways, apparently last year there was an average of 43 car break ins a day in SF. Supposedly, there are now just 32 break-ins a day. But, there is also the fact that many people don't report break-ins at all, especially people who've already had their car broken into in the past. Plus, unless it's important for your insurance, the police may tell you not to report it.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Two Critically Injured in Tenderloin Shootings

(BCN) SAN FRANCISCO Two victims are battling life-threatening gunshot wounds after what may have been related attacks about a block apart in San Francisco's Tenderloin District Friday evening.

A San Francisco Police Department inspector said officers patrolling in the neighborhood heard gunshots around 6:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Olive and Larkin streets.

The victims were found less than a block apart. One was shot in the face and the back; the other was shot in the chest and back, the inspector said. They were being treated at an area hospital with wounds considered life-threatening, she said.

There were no suspects so far in the police inquiry, the inspector said.


S.F. mayor, police chief, others call for gun-show ban at Cow Palace

Their reasoning is that the surrounding neighborhoods are plagued with violence, and a gun show possibly adds to the number of firearms going around, and that it's just plain insensitive to have such an event in such an area. 142 murders, or 43 percent of SF's murders since 2004, have happened in the Bayview and Ingleside districts which border the Cow Palace.


Thursday, August 9, 2007

Murder Rate still up in SF

There have been 68 murders in San Francisco as of August 9th. In addition, there have been 3 justifiable homicides (one a self defense shooting, two more were police shootings), and at least a few "suspicious" deaths. The murder total is up from 52 at the same time last year, a 24% increase. It's also around 30% higher than the total for the same time in 2005

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Bay Area:

Oakland is at 79 murders, possibly 80 now, with a spate of 8 murders between August 2nd and 6th. It's at exactly the same number now as it was for the same time last year.

San Jose is at 20, I believe.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Three Men Honored For Saving Teenage Girl's Life

A few months ago, a 14 year-old girl was randomly and savagely attacked by a crazed parolee who had just been released. He wanted to kill someone, but did not have enough money to make it from San Quentin to his native LA. So he went to San Francisco instead, entered Creighton's Bakery near Twin Peaks, and repeatedly stabbed a girl who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Had it not been for the quick actions of three complete strangers, she would certainly be dead.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

SF Homicides up 20 Percent

An old article, but the site has to start somewhere:

There have been 54 slayings as of July 11th, up from 45 at the same time last year.

I have 58 murders listed as of July 11th. The Chronicle has been known to be wrong though, and some murders aren't reported at all, such as Sung Park (Homicide #13), a Korean student who was murdered Feb. 4th, during a street fight outside a club on Harrison Street. Nothing on SFgate, though the SFPD had a crime bulletin posted on their website, asking for information leading to Park's killer.