Thursday, January 8, 2009

Three Arrested After Funeral Shooting

Gunfire erupts outside funeral for S.F. homicide victim

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, January 8, 2009

(01-08) 17:49 PST SAN FRANCISCO --

Three men were arrested after someone opened fire on mourners outside the funeral for a homicide victim this afternoon in the Western Addition, San Francisco police said.

No one was hit in the shooting at 1:25 p.m. at Fillmore Street and Golden Gate Avenue, which happened as friends and relatives of 18-year-old Lazarus "Buddy" Pickett were leaving his memorial service, police said.

Officers who had been monitoring the service seized a Tech 9 assault weapon and arrested two 21-year-old men and a third man, age 20, said police Sgt. Wilfred Williams. Their names have not been released.

Pickett was stabbed to death Dec. 30 outside the Plaza East public housing development on Larch Way in the Western Addition, in what authorities described as the outgrowth of domestic violence.

DeEbony Smith, 27, with whom Pickett had a baby daughter, was arrested and has been charged with murder.

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