Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mission District Shooting Victim Dies At Hospital



A man removed from life support after he and a woman were shot inside their car Thursday in San Francisco's Mission District was identified Monday by the San Francisco medical examiner's office as Giovanni Lechado, 28, of San Francisco.

Police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said Monday that Lechado was removed from life support at the hospital on Friday.

Lechado and the woman, who has not been named publicly, were shot at about 6:30 p.m. in the area of 18th and Bryant streets, while sitting inside their parked vehicle with a 4-month-old child, according to police.

Police said a man was witnessed fleeing the area in a compact silver or gray vehicle.

There was no update by police Monday on the condition of the woman, who also received life-threatening injuries, according to police. The child was uninjured.

The fatal shooting Friday night of 18-year-old Joshua Cameron, of San Francisco, in the city's Western Addition neighborhood brought San Francisco's homicide total to 73, according to Gittens. The city had 80 homicides at the same time last year, he said.

Police Monday also clarified that an Aug. 15 stabbing at a Tenderloin hotel was ruled a homicide by police, though the medical examiner's office has yet to officially rule the case a homicide, and the manner and cause of death are still pending.

The medical examiner's office on Friday released the victim's name -- Fidencio Salazar Jr., 56, of San Francisco -- in the hope that members of his family, whom investigators have been unable to reach, will contact authorities.

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Here's some more inforamtion from SFgate:

Authorities described Lechado as a "mid-level" member of the MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, street gang. They believe the slayings of two men later Thursday night may have been in retaliation for his shooting.

Lechado was shot near a bar that investigators say is popular with Sureño and MS-13 members. The two men shot to death three hours later, 19-year-old Noel Espinoza and Matthew Solomon, 23, were attacked outside a bar near 24th and Utah streets that is popular with the rival Norteño gang.

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