Friday, February 29, 2008

Victim in Potrero Hill triple-shooting dies - Woman Shot Dead in Hunters Point

S.F. police seek help in solving shootings of 2 women

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer

Friday, February 29, 2008

(02-29) 16:41 PST SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco police asked for the public's help Friday in solving a pair of unrelated shootings that left two women dead.

The first shooting happened Feb. 13 during a home invasion attack on Potrero Hill by an assailant who police believe may have been looking for drugs.

Liri Lesku, 34, was mortally wounded when the gunman broke into the residence at 406 Kansas St. at 2:30 p.m. and opened fire, police said. A man and a woman who were also in the home were wounded. Their names have not been released.

Lesku died Feb. 26 at San Francisco General Hospital.

"Whoever the gunman was, obviously he knew who they were," said Lt. John Murphy of the police homicide detail.

Records show that at the time of her death, Lesku was on probation stemming from a felony drug conviction in May 2006.

She was charged in January with felony heroin possession, and prosecutors allowed her to plead no contest to a misdemeanor count of solicitation of drugs. She was given credit for 17 days in custody and put on probation for three years.

The second shooting happened at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 and claimed the life of Sharon Cole, 33. She died at San Francisco General on Feb. 20.

Cole was a passenger in a car when she was shot, and the driver took her to the hospital, police said. Investigators believe she was shot near a car wash at Third Street and Paul Avenue, where officers received a report of gunfire. But they lack evidence and the driver has not cooperated with police, Murphy said.

"Right now, we have no crime scene," he said.

Police appealed to anyone with information about either killing to call investigators at (415) 553-1145.



I wonder what the deal was with the lack of reporting for BOTH of these murders. The first shooting was ignored by the Chronicle completely, for over 2 weeks, and still for 3 days after one of the victims died. The other murder was ignored for over a week also.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Shootings and Stabbings Increasing

In 2007 there were 234 gunshot victims and 208 stab victims brought to SF General Hospital, the City's lone trauma ward. I seem to remember that in 2001 there were just 81 gunshot victims treated at SF General Hospital. Anyways, this graphic here tells it all, from 2003 through 2007, with numbers of patients, and the number of those patients that died from their wounds at the hospital. The full story is in the Examiner.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Shooting Near Alamo Square?

No news, but according to a commenter on SFist, this happened last night:

"Okay, that sure sounded like three gunshots at Alamo Square park, at the northwest corner, around 9:21pm. Anyone concur?"
"Heard four more gunshot-like explosions at 10:49 in the same area. Saw four cops heading east on Fulton and McAllister, not using flashers or sirens."
"A ton more cops patrolling the area without flashers or sirens."

Does anyone else have any more information?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Woman Shot in Hand in Visitacion Valley


A woman was shot in the hand tonight in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley neighborhood, police said.

Police responded to 1100 Sunnydale Ave. at 9:35 p.m. and found her injured.  She was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where she remains, police said.

No other information was immediately available.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Two Injured in Seperate Shootings

Two people shot in unrelated attacks in SF
Sunday, February 17, 2008

(02-17) 18:31 PST San Francisco -- Two people were shot and injured in unrelated shootings in San Francisco early this morning and police have arrested three suspects in the attacks.

Both shootings occurred at around 2:15 a.m. in separate parts of the city, police said.

Officers were in the Tenderloin area of Taylor and Turk Streets when they heard gunfire, and then found one victim with gunshot wounds, police said. The unidentified victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital and was listed in critical condition, police said.

A suspect armed with a gun was arrested at the scene, police said. That person's identity and gender were not released Sunday.

At virtually the same time as the Tenderloin incident, another shooting was reported from a taxi cab in the area of 16th and Harrison Streets, police said.

A passenger in the cab was shot near the buttocks and right thigh area, police reported. The unidentified victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries, police said.

Two unidentified suspects, believed to be outside the taxi at the time of the shooting, were taken into custody, police said. The driver was not injured, police reported.

-Delfin Vigil


Friday, February 15, 2008

Three Sustain Life-Threatening Injuries in Potrero Hill Shooting


San Francisco police today continued to investigate a Wednesday afternoon shooting that seriously injured two women and a man, police said.

The shooting was reported at about 3:07 p.m. at a residence in the 400 block of Kansas Street in the City's Potrero Hill neighborhood.  Police said a man entered a room in the residence and shot all three victims as they slept.  

Both women and the man were taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made and police have not determined a motive for the shooting.  The suspect is only described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Man Stabbed in the Tenderloin



San Francisco police responded to reports of a stabbing in the Tenderloin neighborhood early this morning, the Police Department reported.

Officers responded at about 12:30 a.m. to the area of O'Farrell and Larkin streets and reportedly followed a trail of blood to the 400 block of Eddy Street, police reported.

Officers discovered a 25-year-old man suffering from a stab wound to his back, police reported.

The victim was reportedly uncooperative and didn't give a statement about the incident, according to the Police Department. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police reported.

No arrests were made in the case, according to police.

(© 2007 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. In the interest of timeliness, this story is fed directly from the Associated Press newswire and may contain occasional typographical errors. )

December Murder Victim's Body Found In Impounded Van

Body lay undiscovered in S.F. police impound yard while suspects fled

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

(02-13) 09:13 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- The bizarre case of a computer software developer who was apparently slain in December - and whose body lay undiscovered in the back of a van in a San Francisco police impound yard for a week - finally became public Tuesday, as investigators said they were looking for two suspects who shared a home with the victim.

Leonard Milo Hoskins, 49, was reportedly attacked with a piece of lumber Dec. 23 at or near his home at 60 Lamartine St. in San Francisco's Mission Terrace neighborhood, authorities said.

A neighbor saw Hoskins being clubbed by one of his housemates that day, but did not call authorities because he dislikes police, said Hoskins' sister, Ureena Hoskins, who conducted her own investigation into her brother's case.

For a month after the attack, the suspects, Richard Carelli and his girlfriend Michelle Pinkerton, both 38, continued to live in the home they had shared with Hoskins. They disappeared only when police impounded Carelli's van from outside the home, and had more than a week's head start before Hoskins' body was finally discovered and a warrant was issued for their arrest.

full article

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Man shot to death in the Mission

No arrests yet in street killing in S.F.'s Mission District

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

(02-12) 12:24 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Police are searching for two men who walked up to a 21-year-old San Francisco man on the street in the Mission District and shot him to death, authorities said today.

Jose Reynoso and two friends were standing on the 1400 block of South Van Ness Avenue, near 25th Street, around 6:45 p.m. Friday when the two men opened fire, said police Sgt. Steve Mannina.

Reynoso was struck in the head and chest and taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died the next day. Witnesses provided only sketchy descriptions of the killers, who fled on foot.



This one got almost no media. It happened on Friday, but there was no news until today. Further more, SFgate inserted it straight into the crime section, rather than put it on the front page first, like they do for EVERY other crime story, such as the 3 different articles about murder in Oakland. Funny how the SF article is all but ignored...And in the meantime front page headlines shout about Oakland and it's "continuing bloodshed."

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Man goes on carjacking spree

One carjacking leads to another - and then to arrest
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 5, 2008

(02-05) 14:21 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- A man was arrested early today after he allegedly carjacked a woman in San Francisco, crashed the car in Marin County and then carjacked a motorist who came to his aid, authorities said.
Mynor Aguirre, 30, of San Francisco began his alleged crime spree when, according to the California Highway Patrol, he stole a woman's 2005 Honda at about 3:20 a.m.
Aguirre was driving the Honda when he crashed and rolled over at about 4:50 a.m. on a frontage road off Highway 101 near Tiburon Boulevard, the CHP said. A motorist stopped to assist Aguirre, but the suspect stole his 2006 Infiniti M45, the CHP said.
A description of the carjacked Infiniti was broadcast to area law-enforcement agencies.
Shortly before 5 a.m., a Marin County sheriff's deputy spotted the Infiniti traveling north on Highway 101 near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and arrested him without incident.
Although police were told the suspect in the San Francisco carjacking was armed with a shotgun, no gun was found when Aguirre was stopped, the CHP said.
Aguirre was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, driving under the influence, misdemeanor hit-and-run, assault with a deadly weapon and carjacking. He was booked at Marin County Jail.


One Killed in Hunters Point Shooting

Victim Of Monday's Fatal Shooting In Bayview Is ID'd
POSTED: 11:19 am PST February 5, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO -- A man who was shot in San Francisco's Bayview District on Monday morning was identified Tuesday as 18-year-old Carlos Morales, according to the San Francisco medical examiner's office.
The victim's age was previously released as 17 years old.
San Francisco police responded to reports of gunfire around 11 a.m. Monday in the area of Kirkwood Avenue and Newhall Street. The victim was brought to San Francisco General Hospital, where Morales was pronounced dead, police said.
The suspect remains at large and the victim's death is under investigation.


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Two shot to death in Visitacion Valley

Victims in S.F shootings ID'd

Delfin Vigil, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, February 3, 2008

(02-03) 10:28 PST SAN FRANCISCO
-- The San Francisco Medical Examiner has released the identities of two men San Francisco Police say were killed in a double shooting early this morning in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

The medical examiner identified 27-year-old Vaughn DeMarco and 29 year-old James Gibson, both of San Francisco, as the two victims who were found dead at the scene in the 100 block of Loehr Street.

The shooting was reported at around 1:30 a.m., police said. No suspects are in custody, and no further information was available.


Saturday, February 2, 2008

Man shot in Silver Terrace

Man Shot In Head In SF In Critical Condition

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) ― A male is in critical condition after being shot in the head early Saturday morning in San Francisco, police said.

The shooting was reported at 1:54 a.m. and occurred in the area of Felton Street and San Bruno Avenue near the city's Silver Terrace neighborhood. Police said an occupant of one vehicle fired at an occupant of a second vehicle.

A male suffered a gunshot wound to his head and was transported to an area hospital where he is in critical condition, according to police.

No other information was immediately available.