Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Man shot dead in Hunters Point



A 36-year-old man found shot in a car Tuesday night in San Francisco's Bayview District later died at the hospital, according to a police spokesman.

A witness reported finding the victim in a car in the 1000 block of Fitzgerald Avenue at about 10:20 p.m., according to police.

The man, who has not been identified by the San Francisco medical examiner's office, died later at San Francisco General Hospital, police reported.

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

The homicide is the eighth reported in San Francisco this year.


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Man shot in the Tenderloin



A San Francisco teen was arrested Monday night on suspicion of attempted murder for a shooting near United Nations Plaza that left one man hospitalized, San Francisco police reported today.

The shooting took place at about 9:15 p.m. in the 100 block of McAllister St., according to police.

Officers from the San Francisco Police Department's Gang Task Force were conducting an enforcement operation in the area, when they heard gunshots and saw a man limping across McAllister Street, and another running down the street with a handgun, police reported.

Several officers were able to track the suspect down after a foot chase.

The suspect ignored orders to drop the gun, but eventually stopped running and dropped the weapon into a trashcan, police reported.

Pierre Ragland, 18, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault, carrying a loaded firearm and carrying a concealed weapon, according to police.

The victim, a 40-year-old San Francisco man, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, police reported.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Police shoot, kill homeless man - woman sneaks gun into jail cell and shoots it

- A homeless man who was shot on Sunday by police after he lunged at them with a knife, died in the hospital today.

- A woman sneaked a small handgun into a Tenderloin jail cell, and fired it last week. Police apparently failed to find it when they searched her.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

1 killed, 1 injured in SOMA shooting

Man fatally shot at SF gas station
Sabin Russell, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, January 26, 2008

(01-26) 12:21 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- An Oakland man was shot and killed and his companion seriously wounded at a Chevron station South of Market in San Francisco Friday night.
The victim, identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office as 24-year-old Ernesto Williams, and an unidentified 26-year-old woman were standing outside their vehicle at the gas station at Sixth and Harrison streets at 10:40 p.m., when a gunman drove up and opened fire.
Both victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where Williams was pronounced dead, and the young woman is listed in stable condition. The gunman drove off in a gold-colored car. Police have no suspects or description of the assailant.


Sunday, January 20, 2008

One stabbed in the Tenderloin

San Francisco stabbing sends one person to the hospital
Bay City News Service
Article Launched: 01/20/2008 08:47:19 AM PST

One person is in the hospital after a stabbing incident occurred early this morning in San Francisco, officials said.

The stabbing was reported at about 2:20 a.m. at Hyde and Turk streets, according to officials.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, officials said.

No further information was immediately available.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Two injured in Tenderloin shooting

Two shot in Tenderloin shoot-out
19 January 2008

Two males were injured in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood Friday night when shots were fired from one vehicle into another, police said.

The shooting occurred just before 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of Leavenworth and Ofarrell streets.

Preliminary reports indicate that the suspect vehicle pulled alongside the victims’ car and at least one gunman began shooting.

Both occupants of the victim vehicle were injured by the gunfire and were transported to San Francisco General Hospital.

Police said one victim sustained minor injuries in the shooting and the second victim has been listed in critical condition.

A description of the suspect vehicle was not immediately available.

The shooting remains under investigation.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Guns blamed for SF's crime - More police to patrol at night - Night clubs warned about violence

Kevin Ryan, former U.S. Attorney, and newly appointed director of SF's Office of Criminal Justice says there are 60,000 handguns and 2,400 assault rifles in San Francisco.

Police Chief Heather Fong has also ordered investigators in the city's drug and gang units to patrol the streets at night, to help fight the homicide rate.

SF clubs were also warned to watch out for violence in and around their premises, and that they need to do more to keep patrons safe.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Drive-by shooting in Hayes Valley narrowly misses DPW worker - Car chase in the Mission - Swastikas found painted in SOMA

Bullets fly in Hayes Valley, DPW man lucky to be alive

By Luke Thomas

January 14, 2008
As many as eight bullets rang out in rapid succession during a drive-by shooting in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco this evening.

The shots were fired around 6:40 p.m. at Oak and Fillmore streets.

Louis King, 48, was driving his Department of Public Works pickup truck when three bullets struck his vehicle, one narrowly missing King as it struck his windshield.

A second vehicle driven by a woman in her 30s was also struck by bullets.

Witnesses said the shots were fired from a vehicle described as a light-colored SUV which was chasing another vehicle.

No injuries were reported.


Also according to SFist, there was a car chase (possibly ending in a shooting, not clear on this) in the Mission on Sunday, on Shotwell between 21st and 22nd (Norteno Sureno dividing line), and swastikas were found painted on a wall in SOMA.

1 dead, 1 injured in Mission District shooting

19-year-old man shot to death in Mission District
Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, January 14, 2008

(01-14) 09:26 PST SAN FRANCISCO - A 19-year-old man died Sunday night after he and another man were shot in the Mission District around 9:40 p.m., police said today.

The shooting occurred on the 900 block of Capp Street. Both victims were taken to a local hospital, where the 19-year-old died. The second man, who is 20, is expected to recover, police said.

The dead man's name has not yet been released.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Shootings kill 1, injure another, 1 also injured in hit and run

Anti-violence activist slain outside daughter's basketball game
Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, January 14, 2008

(01-14) 04:00 PST San Francisco - -- Police are searching for two gunmen who shot and killed an anti-violence activist Saturday night outside the packed San Francisco gymnasium where he had been watching and rooting for his daughter, a star player on the nation's top-ranked high school basketball team.

Terrell "Terray" Rogers, whose daughter is a top-rated junior guard for Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, had walked across the street from the school during halftime when he was attacked in a parking lot in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood, police said.

Investigators have made no arrests in the slaying of the 39-year-old father of two from Pacifica, while those who knew Rogers are struggling to understand why he was apparently targeted. Rogers, they said, grew up in a tough part of San Francisco and got into some trouble, but later dedicated himself to helping young people.

Rogers had been watching his daughter, Tierra, a highly recruited guard for a two-time defending state champion team. The gymnasium on Ellis Street was packed for a game against Archbishop Mitty High School of San Jose. As usual, the gregarious Rogers had been cheering loudly.

"You can't fathom the viciousness and senselessness of this entire situation," said Sue Phillips, Mitty's head coach, who also coached Tierra Rogers on a San Jose club basketball team. "Terray was a good soul, and this planet was much better with him on it. It's just sickening."

At 8:20 p.m., during halftime of the game, Terrell Rogers and another man left the gymnasium and walked across Ellis Street, between Gough and Franklin streets, police said. Two men approached Rogers near a small church parking lot. Both opened fire, striking him multiple times before they fled on foot, said Sgt. Steve Mannina, a department spokesman.

Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The unidentified man with Rogers was not hurt, and no arrests have been made, Mannina said.

At least five gunshots were heard on the street, but the sound didn't penetrate the gymnasium, according to witnesses. The contest resumed, but Rogers' daughter was quietly pulled out of the game during the third quarter. Phillips said the teenager was taken to an office near the gymnasium and told that her father had been shot.

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Also, 1 victim is in critical condition after a hit and run on the great highway Friday night, and 1 more person was injured in a shooting at 24th and Bryant Streets, in the Mission, Saturday morning.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

SF man arrested in shooting

S.F. man arrested in Western Addition shooting
Chronicle Staff Report
Thursday, January 10, 2008

(01-10) 13:10 PST SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco man was charged with attempted murder today in connection with the Western Addition shooting of a teenager Saturday evening, police said.

Justin Howard, 19, was arrested at his Turk Street residence around 7 a.m. today, police said. He is accused of shooting an unidentified 19-year-old man around 9 p.m. Saturday in the area of Webster and Fulton streets, near Alamo Square, police said.

Prosecutors issued a $500,000 warrant for Howard and have charged him with attempted murder, assault with a firearm and a gang enhancement, police said.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Mission District shooting vicitm was a key witness

Justin Lee, the man gunned down in the mission on Monday, was a key witness in a 2005 shooting in which he was wounded. He had just left the witness protection program, and just returned to San Francisco, only to be shot dead the same day.

Suspects in two homicides arrested

S.F. police make arrests in 2 homicides
Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 9, 2008

(01-09) 12:31 PST SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco police arrested two people in connection with the shooting deaths of two men in the city over the past month, authorities said today.

Mario Hollister, 23, of Richmond was arrested Tuesday in Hercules in connection with the shooting death early Sunday of Clarence Corbin, police said. Corbin, 34, of Antioch was shot while trying to break up a fight outside the Jelly's Dance Cafe nightclub on Terry Francois Boulevard in Mission Bay, police said.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested Saturday in connection with the shooting death of 24-year-old Dewayne Larry, who was killed Dec. 17 on the 100 block of Kiska Road in the Bayview district. Police said the suspect, whose name was not released because of his age, shot Larry after the two got into a fight.


Also, "A state appeals court refused today to revive a ban on handgun possession in San Francisco, saying the measure that city voters approved in November 2005 conflicts with state law."

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Robber caught, police worry about violence at nightclubs

-Suspect in more than 20 armed robberies arrested

-Summit aims to stem bloodshed at S.F. nightclubs

Man killed in the Mission

Man chased down, shot to death in S.F.'s Mission District
Chronicle Staff Report
Tuesday, January 8, 2008

(01-08) 08:18 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- (01-08) 09:34 PST SAN FRANCISCO - A man was shot to death in the Mission District late Monday after he was chased down by his assailant, police said today.

A witness told police that the man was being chased down 26th Street near Mission Street around 11:35 p.m. when he tripped and fell. The killer caught up to the victim and shot him several times, then fled on foot, police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately released.


Sunday, January 6, 2008

2 killed, 3 injured in 5 separate shootings

2 killed, 3 wounded in separate S.F. shootings

Delfin Vigil,Tanya Schevitz, Chronicle Staff Writers
Sunday, January 6, 2008

(01-06) 22:25 PST San Francisco -- Two people died and three others were injured in five separate shootings in San Francisco in less than 24 hours Saturday and today, according to police.

No suspects are in custody, and the shootings do not appear to be related, police said.

The latest shooting was at 2:30 p.m. today on Rosie Lee Lane in the Bayview neighborhood, where police responding to calls of shots fired found a male victim on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a spokesman from the San Francisco Police Department.

The victim was identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office as Torrance Gray, 16, of San Francisco. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and declared dead around 3 p.m., according to police.

Another fatal shooting about 12 hours earlier - around 2:20 a.m. today - occurred in the 200 block of Terry A. Francois Boulevard near Jelly's dance cafe.

The victim was identified by the medical examiner as Clarence Corbin, 34, of Antioch. He was standing in a crowd outside the club when shots rang out, according to San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens. The victim, who was struck by multiple bullets, was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 5 a.m., Gittens said.

Police are unsure whether Corbin was a target or shot at random, Gittens said.

Another shooting was reported around 2 a.m. today in the 3300 block of Mission Street near 29th Street, according to police.

At 1:10 a.m. today, a shooting was reported on Campton Place, about a block away from Union Square, police said.

And around 9 p.m. Saturday, a shooting was reported in the area of Webster and Fulton streets, near Alamo Square, police said.

In addition to the two fatalities, at least three other victims were injured in the shootings, but authorities would not describe the extent of their injuries.


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Year's Violence: 1 shot dead, 2 stabbed, 39 arrested, and two other shootings reported

S.F. tallies year’s first slaying
Jan 2, 2008 3:00 AM (13 hrs ago) by Brent Begin, The Examiner

SAN FRANCISCO (Map, News) - San Francisco police are investigating the first killing of 2008, an early morning shooting Tuesday in the South of Market neighborhood.

Police said the unidentified victim, a man in his late 20s, was walking on Ninth Street near the intersection of Folsom Street just before 5 a.m. when he was shot in the face. Medical personnel pronounced the man dead when they arrived.

Police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said there was little information available regarding the homicide.

“Unfortunately, investigators now have to look into the first homicide of the year,” he said. Related Articles:

According to police operations, there were no witnesses in the area and police have no vehicle or suspect information. The homicide occurred about a block away from a popular cluster of nightclubs with early-morning hours.

The homicide tally for 2007 also began with a New Year’s Day killing and ended in December with 98 homicides — the highest number since 1995, when The City recorded 104 slayings.

For SoMa residents, a slaying in the middle of the neighborhood could mean a growing trend of deadly violence will only continue into the new year. The Southern police station, which covers SoMa, recorded nine homicides in 2007 — triple the number of killings in that district in 2006.

On Tuesday, police were also investigating two New Year’s stabbings that occurred at about 2 a.m. near Washington Square in North Beach.

Police also responded to a daylight shooting in the area of McAllister and Fillmore streets. Witnesses called police about 10 a.m. and said the occupants of two white cars were driving around and shooting at each other. Police were unable to locate any suspects or vehicles, and police said they believe nobody was hurt in the shooting.


Also, according to a commenter, there was a shooting at 24th and Utah, and according to the Chronicle, 2 people were arrested after a fight on the Embarcadero, 2 people were arrested for gun possession, 8 were arrested on warrants, and 27 others were arrested for being drunk in public.

Man killed, 9 year-old daughter and two others injured, in Visitacion Valley drive-by shooting

S.F. man shot, dies shielding daughter from bullets
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A 30-year-old San Francisco man was shot and killed in broad daylight Monday at the Sunnydale public housing project while shielding his daughter from gunfire in what police say was a gang-related shooting.

The 11:40 a.m. shooting left blood on the street outside the Visitacion Valley housing complex at Brookdale and Santos avenues and Albert Collins dead at San Francisco General Hospital.

Collins was hit in the chest and leg but appears not to have been the intended target, police investigators said.

"If he hadn't have shielded (his daughter), she would have been shot (and more seriously wounded)," said Lt. John Murphy of the homicide division.

Police say several rounds were fired.

Murphy said that the shooting may have been gang related but all victims appeared to have been bystanders.

The 9-year-old girl was grazed in the thigh as her father grabbed her and pulled her out of harm's way, Murphy said.

The only description was a suspect who opened fire out of a maroon four-door car, with three other men inside, which then sped off.

The shooting marked the 98th homicide in San Francisco in 2007, two more than the previous decade high of 96 in 2005 and the highest since the 104 death toll reached in 1995.