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.