Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Man Killed in Hunters Point Shooting

Father of 2 shot to death outside home in Bayview housing project

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

(05-20) 15:30 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A 34-year-old father of two who had a reputation as a neighborhood peacemaker was shot to death today outside his home in a Bayview district public housing project, in what police termed an execution-style killing.

Andre Daniels was shot twice in the head at 8:45 a.m. in front of 41 Cameron Way in the Alice Griffith project near Candlestick Park. Police say he lived in the development with his wife and two children.

Sgt. Wilfred Williams, a spokesman for the Police Department, said neighbors reported hearing five or six shots, but that no one had come forward to say they saw the killing. He said police have no suspect description.

Neighbors and investigators said Daniels, who had only minor scrapes with police, was known in the area as a mediator.

"That's why this is sort of a shock," said Inspector Kevin Jones of the homicide detail. "He wasn't a problem in the neighborhood."

Yvonne Marshall, a resident at Alice Griffith, said Daniels "didn't bother nobody - I've never seen him argue or get it into with nobody.

"He was a good guy, a peacemaker," Marshall said. "I was shocked to hear about it."

Daniels would take his children to school and help them as they rode minibikes in the area, neighbors said. The two minibikes, along with the family barbecue, were outside Daniels' home today.

The slaying was the 43rd in San Francisco this year, compared with 38 at this time in 2007. The total for all last year was 98, the most in more than a decade.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Man Stabbed to Death

Fatal stabbing in San Francisco

Demian Bulwa

Sunday, May 18, 2008

(05-18) 15:25 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco police are looking for two men suspected of fatally stabbing a 41-year-old city resident early Sunday at the busy intersection of Market and 12th streets, just a block southwest of Van Ness Avenue.

The men, who each wore ponytails, stabbed David Martinez at 12:01 a.m. before fleeing, police said. Martinez was rushed by ambulance to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was soon pronounced dead.


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Two Stabbed at Market and Sixth



Two people were stabbed near The Warfield venue in San Francisco tonight, according to the fire department.

Two ambulances were dispatched close to Market and Sixth streets at 7:55 p.m. The two victims were transported to area hospital for stab wounds but their condition has not been released.


Friday, May 16, 2008

Man Recieves Fatal Chest Wound, Crashes Car In SOMA

Driver In SF Car Crash Victim Of Homicide

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) ― A man believed to be between 25 and 35 years old died at a San Francisco hospital Friday morning from a gunshot or stab wound after crashing his vehicle in the city's South of Market neighborhood, according to the Police Department.

Officers responded at about 5:15 a.m. to Mission and Eighth streets, where the man had crashed into a mailbox, police said.

Police found the man alone inside the vehicle suffering the chest wound, according to police.

The man was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The incident is being investigated as a homicide.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Shootings, Stabbings, Assault, Electric Shock

There were two stabbings and one shooting from Saturday night to Sunday morning.

According to Bay City News:

-The first stabbing was reported at 11:35 p.m. on Saturday at Harrison and 26th streets.

-The second stabbing was reported at 12:30 a.m. today at 11th and Folsom streets.

-The shooting was reported just after 2 a.m. today in the Glen Park neighborhood at Ney and Trumbull streets.

All the victims were uncooperative and transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

A drive-by shooting also occurred Saturday Night,on Alemany Blvd. near Ellsworth Street, but no one was injured.

There was also a deadly assault at a Gaints game Friday night. 18 year-old Taylor Buckley of San Carlos punched 18 year-old Anthony Giraudo of Redwood City. Giraudo fell, and struck his head on the ground, sustaining a brain injury. He died the next day at SFGH. Buckley turned himself in, and is being charged with involuntary manslaughter.

There was a shooting in the Oceanview neighborhood, at 1:40 p.m. on Tuesday. A man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

There was another shooting on Tuesday night, at 8:55 p.m. in Hunters Point. A victim sustained life-threatening injuries when an unknown number of suspects drove up to him and shot him on the the 2800 block of Third Street.

Finally, a suspect was possibly seriously injured around 1 p.m. Saturday, after cutting some 12,000-volt power lines near Lake Merced. The suspect, who was not found, was apparently trying to steal the wires, and in the process of cutting them caused a flash-fire and power outage.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Suspect in 2007 Murder Convicted



A San Francisco jury has convicted a 34-year-old man for a fatal shooting at a Bayview District public housing complex in 2007, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office announced.

The superior court jury found Jamal Butler, of San Francisco, guilty Tuesday of second-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Allen Broussard, in a shooting at the Alice Griffith Public Housing site in the early morning hours of Aug. 17.

Broussard, also of San Francisco, was found shot on the sidewalk in the unit block of Nichols Way at about 7 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Butler was arrested days later.

A witness who reported hearing one gunshot and seeing Butler running from the scene testified during the trial about overhearing Butler "make statements acknowledging he was the shooter," according to the district attorney's office.

In addition to Butler's murder conviction, the jury also found Butler guilty of firearm possession by a convicted felon, the district attorney's office reported.

In a statement, District Attorney Kamala Harris thanked the jury and witnesses "for seeing to it that this defendant was held accountable for this callous act."

Harris said the verdict "affirms for residents in every community in San Francisco that there is respect for the sanctity of their lives" and promised violence would be prosecuted "to the fullest extent of the law."

Butler, who also has two prior felony convictions, faces a life sentence in prison and is to be sentenced July 11, according to the district attorney's office.


Police Raid Excelsior Home

Police, SWAT raid alleged chop shop

Brent Begin, The Examiner
2008-05-07 10:00:00.0


Police descended on an Excelsior home Tuesday morning for a suspected operation that allegedly processed stolen cars.

Edward Munoz, 49, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle and operating a “chop shop,” according to police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina. SWAT teams entered 805 Vienna St. at about 7 a.m. and served a search warrant.

At least five people were detained in the bust, and all but Munoz were released after questioning. A 13-year-old was taken to a nearby relative’s house and left in their custody, Mannina said. At least two vehicles were towed from the home, which is located at the intersection of Athens and Persia streets.

The home is a block away from the School of Epiphany elementary school, where students had just started to arrive. Nobody was hurt in the raid, but the Fire Department was called to the scene to put out a mattress fire inside the residence.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Potrero Hill Robbery Suspects Arrested, Charged



Three men who were arrested Monday morning in connection with an armed robbery in the Portero Hill neighborhood were charged in the crime today, according to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris.

Tony Carter, 20, Dejuan Bankston, 21, and Artes Tims, 19, were charged with robbing a 38-year-old city resident at gunpoint near the intersection of 17th and De Haro streets around 12:15 a.m., Harris said.

"We deserve the right to walk out city's streets without fear of harm," said Harris in a written statement. "We're prosecuting 34 percent more robberies than a year ago and sending a loud and clear signal to those who consider violating our citizens that they will be held accountable."

Bankston, who allegedly held the weapon during the incident, is additionally charged with use of a gun during the commission of a robbery. Because of a prior conviction, Bankston was also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Carter also faces a misdemeanor and felony motion to revoke probation for carrying a concealed firearm or grand theft.

The three suspects are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.


Monday, May 5, 2008

Most Gunfire In SF Goes Unreported, Violence On Muni A Concern For Most SF Students

-According to the newly installed shot-spotters system, which consists of gunfire-detecting microphones set up in the Western Addition and Hunters Point, the vast majority of gunfire in those neighborhoods goes unreported. This may not be a shock to your average resident of either of those neighborhoods, but it has alarmed city officials.

-According to a survey of 8,144 San Francisco students between grades k and 12, 58% find that violence is a concern on Muni. 28% say it's a serious concern, while 30% say it's somewhat serious.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Shootings kill Men In Western Addition And Potrero Hill

Two men shot dead in San Francisco
Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, May 4, 2008
(05-04) 10:03 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Two men were shot and killed within a 30-minute period Saturday night in separate shootings in San Francisco, police said.

At 10:15 p.m., police said, a 32-year-old Oakland man was gunned down on the 1600 block of Geary Boulevard outside the Japan Center in the city's Japantown neighborhood, which is typically busy on weekend nights.

The man, whose name will not be released until his family is notified, ran across the street, collapsed, and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, police said.

Half an hour later, a shooting on the 1000 block of Connecticut Street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood killed Victor Carson, a 41-year-old city resident, according to police and the medical examiner's office.

Carson, shot in the neck, was rushed by ambulance to nearby San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made in either homicide, police said.


Friday, May 2, 2008

Visitacion Valley Shooting Injures Man



A man was shot in the leg late Thursday night in San Francisco's Excelsior District, according to the Police Department.

The shooting occurred just after 11 p.m. at 84 Brookdale Ave.

The man was transported to a hospital and suffered minor injuries.

No suspect information was readily available.


Thursday, May 1, 2008

Man Shot Dead in the Mission



A man in his early 20s died after authorities found him suffering at least one gunshot wound inside a car in San Francisco around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said today.

Officers responded to the 3000 block of Harrison Street and found the victim inside the car, according to police.

The man was transported to San Francisco General Hospital and subsequently pronounced dead, police said.

No suspects have been arrested, according to police.