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.