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.