Sunday, May 31, 2009

Shooting Kills Man In Hunters Point



A man died after being shot in San Francisco's Bayview District Sunday night, according to police.

The shooting was reported just after 10 p.m. near the intersection of West Point and Middlepoint roads, San Francisco police said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting and no suspect information was immediately available, according to police.

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Man Injured In Fillmore District Shooting



One person is in stable condition after shooting near Alamo Square in San Francisco tonight, according to the Police Department.

The shooting was reported around 8:25 p.m. at Fulton and Fillmore streets, a fire dispatcher said.

The victim was transported to an area hospital and was listed in stable condition, police said.

No suspects have been arrested, according to police.

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Man Shot To Death In Hunters Point



A man who was fatally shot in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood this morning has been identified by the medical examiner's office as 51-year-old Winston Coleman.

The shooting was reported at about 1:55 a.m. near the intersection of Third Street and Galvez Avenue, according to San Francisco police.

The San Francisco resident died at the scene, police said.

At least one suspect reportedly drove away from the area, but no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting, according to police.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tenderloin Shooting Injures Two



Two men were shot and injured near United Nations Plaza early Monday morning, a San Francisco police spokeswoman said.

The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. in the first block of Sixth Street.

Police Sgt. Lyn Tomioka said several men were walking in the area when they heard five to 10 shots fired. Two of the men, a 29-year-old and 23-year-old, were hit by gunfire.

The other men drove the victims to Oakland and flagged down a police officer, Tomioka said.

The victims were transported to Highland Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

No arrests have been made and the shooting remains under investigation.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Man Stabs Father To Death In Hunters Point

Fatal stabbing Sunday morning in Bayview District
By: Andrea Koskey

05/24/09 1:17 PM PDT

One man was killed and a woman seriously injured Sunday morning after the man’s son had attacked them, according to police.

The incident occurred around 10:23 a.m., at 49 Ceres Street in the Bayview District, San Francisco Police Sgt. Wilfred Williams said.

Responding officers found the father dead at the home and the stepmother suffering from life-threatening stab wounds, Williams said.

The 22-year-old man is in custody for allegedly fatally stabbing his father and seriously injuring his stepmother, a police sergeant said.

The son, who allegedly left the home after the stabbing, was found at a Walgreens store several blocks from his father's house when a person atthe store called police to report the man was acting suspicious, Williams said.

When officers linked the man to the stabbing victims, they realized he was allegedly responsible for the father's death and stepmother's injuries, according to Williams.

Williams said a motive for the stabbings remains under investigation, but they appear to have stemmed from "some type of argument."

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Four Teens Injured In Drive-By Shooting

4 Teens Hurt In Drive-By Shooting In SF's Bayview


Four teens were injured in a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunter's Point neighborhood, according to the Police

The shooting was reported around 1:40 p.m. at Third Street and Kirkwood Avenue.

Police said the victims' injuries are not life threatening.

The victims are all males and at least two of them are juveniles, according to police.

As of 2:40 p.m., police were still in the area and were searching for the suspects.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison For Murder of Social Worker



A man who was fired from a San Francisco social and mental health services agency and returned to fatally shoot a case manager in 2005 was sentenced today to 19 years to life in prison.

Gregory Gray, 58, pleaded guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to second-degree murder on Feb. 26. He admitted shooting Conard House case manager Bruce Franks on May 9, 2005.

Members of Franks' family spoke at today's sentencing hearing, including his wife, Lisa Gershater Franks, who tearfully read a statement in court.

"I want to share my disgust and anger at Mr. Gray for choosing violence," she said. "As a long-time teacher in the Bayview, I spend a great deal of time teaching little ones to cope and to solve problems -- without violence."

Franks' family said he was committed to social justice, loved his family deeply, and strove to help some of the most marginalized residents of San Francisco.

"You sir, are a murderer and a thief," Gershater Franks told Gray. "You have stolen Bruce's remaining potential for helping others and improving his life and those of his son and daughter."

According to prosecutors, Gray, of San Francisco, was fired from Conard House about a year before the shooting, but was seen lurking near the agency that week.

On the morning of the killing, Gray came into the office where Franks, 49, was working alone, and during a struggle, shot Franks with a revolver, prosecutors said.

Another Conard House employee, Kalifa Coulibaly, arrived soon after and was ordered inside the office by Gray, who was now holding a shotgun.

Coulibaly and two passersby were able to disarm Gray until police arrived, but during the struggle, Coulibaly suffered a dislocated shoulder and fractured ankle. Additional shotgun and revolver ammunition were found at the scene.

Gray also pleaded guilty to battery with serious bodily injury for the injuries to Coulibaly.

"You have stolen your own potential for a better life," Gershater Franks told Gray. "Perhaps you felt hopeless, and did not know where to get help. I don't know why you did this terrible act, but I feel you will regret it for the rest of your life."

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Gang Member Sentenced to 41 Years In Prison

Gang Member Gets 41 Years For Murder Of 7-Week-Old Infant, Two Teens

SAN FRANCISCO -- A former San Francisco drug gang member who had admitted to three murders including the slaying of a 7-week-old, was sentenced in federal court in the city Wednesday to 41 years and four months in prison for racketeering.

The sentence approved by U.S. District Judge William Alsup for Emil Fort, 27, was proposed in a plea bargain in March in which Fort pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy.

The guilty plea ended a trial in which Fort could have faced a rare federal death penalty if he had been convicted of the murders of a 7-week-old baby and two teenagers in 2003 and 2004.

Fort admitted to the three fatal shootings during the guilty plea, but could have faced a death penalty only if he had been convicted of slayings as separate crimes of murder in aid of racketeering.

Fort was a member of the Down Below gang, which operated in the Sunnydale housing project in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood of the city. Prosecutors said the gang sold cocaine and other drugs and protected its turf with violence and murder.

Alsup had previously said he might not accept the sentence because it was too lenient.

But he announced today he had decided to approve it because prosecutors told him they might have had trouble proving that the murders were committed as part of a racketeering or gang enterprise rather than in a personal vendetta.

The judge said, "This is a compromise. At a minimum it will keep a very dangerous man off the streets for 41 years. There was a risk that might not have happened if we had gone all the way to verdict."

Fort was the last of 12 members of the gang who were indicted in 2005 to plead guilty to various charges.

He will get credit for nearly five years served in state and federal custody since July 2004.

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Man Shot Multiple Times During Robbery

Man suffers life-threatening injuries during robbery in Hunters Point
By: Will Reisman

05/20/09 8:35 AM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO — A man suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot multiple times while being robbed in Hunters Point last night.

The victim, a 35-year-old Hispanic male, was parked in his car on the 1500 block of Jennings Street when a teenage boy approached his vehicle at 10:10 p.m., according to the San Francisco Police Department.

The boy, who police said is between 16 and 18 years old, pulled out a gun, demanded the victim’s property, and then began kicking out the window of the victim’s car. The boy then shot the victim multiple times and fled eastbound on Quesada Avenue in a car driven by a second suspect, police said.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the victim suffering from serious gun wounds. He was transferred to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

No arrests has been made and the case is under investigation.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Man Shot In Hunters Point

Man Shot Multiple Times In Broad Daylight In SF

San Francisco police are searching for a suspect who shot a male victim multiple times in the city's Bayview-Hunters Point District in broad daylight Saturday morning, a sergeant said.

The victim was shot in the unit block of West Point Road at about 10:15 a.m., Sgt. Lyn Tomioka said. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

No arrests had been made by about 11:20 a.m., but police have identified the suspect, she said.

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Three Shot In The Excelsior

SFPD Shoots Suspect After 2 Victims Found Shot


A 19-year-old man was the victim in a shooting involving San Francisco police overnight, following the earlier shootings of two people in the 5000 block of Mission Street.

The initial shootings were reported about 11:55 p.m. Friday to police who were already monitoring the area, SFPD Sgt. Lyn Tomioka said.

"There was a hip-hop event that just got overcrowded and had been shut down," said Tomioka. "And they were advised that there were two gunshot victims."

There was a huge group of people near the intersection of Mission Street and Geneva Avenue, according to Tomioka, who said the two gunshot victims were found and taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

Moments later, she said a teenager got into a shootout with a police officer near a Beacon gas station at the intersection.

The suspect was also taken to San Francisco General.

The suspect and the two victims all suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, Tomioka said.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Woman Dies From Injuries Sustained During Robbery

Police Seek Leads In Fatal Attack On SF Woman


San Francisco police Tuesday announced they are seeking the public's assistance in locating a man responsible for an attack and robbery in April that led to the death of a 63-year-old woman.

Helen Canafax was in the 600 block of Folsom Street on April 10 when a man took her purse and knocked her to the ground, police said. She sustained serious injuries in the fall and died on April 26.

Police described Canafax as a popular and generous woman who often gave money to the homeless.

The suspect is described as a black man between 35 and 40 years old, weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing a gray beanie-style cap, a red or black sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call homicide inspectors Richard Martin or John Cleary at (415) 553-1145 or the confidential tip line at (415) 575-4444.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Suspect Arrested In Tenderloin Fatal Stabbing



Police said today they have arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing of 41-year-old Andre Fluker inside a residential hotel in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood last week.

Mikel Harris, 43, of San Francisco, was arrested Friday and booked into jail on a homicide charge.

Fluker was found wounded inside the hotel, located in the first block of Turk Street, shortly after 1 p.m. Friday. He was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital.

The medical examiner's office has not yet confirmed Fluker's city of residence.

Police have not released information about the circumstances of the stabbing, or a possible motive.

The stabbing is the 17th homicide reported this year by San Francisco police.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Man Shot In Fisherman's Wharf



San Francisco police are investigating a shooting in the city this morning that hospitalized a man with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The shooting was reported at about 3:35 a.m. near Bay and Taylor streets, according to police.

A couple suspects were arguing with the victim near the intersection when one suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the buttocks, police said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated for his injuries, according to police.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting as of 6 a.m., police said.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Man Stabbed In Golden Gate Park



A male victim was injured in a stabbing in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park tonight, police said.

Officers responded to reports of the stabbing near the Conservatory of Flowers on John F. Kennedy Drive at about 8:30 p.m., according to police.

Preliminary reports indicate the victim suffered at least one stab wound to his leg and the incident may have been related to a robbery.

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Man Stabbed To Death In The Tenderloin

Stabbing death at Tenderloin hotel

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, May 8, 2009

(05-08) 16:47 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco police are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred Friday afternoon at a residential hotel in the Tenderloin, authorities said.

The unidentified male victim was pronounced dead on arrival at San Francisco General Hospital, police said.

The victim was stabbed at 1:11 p.m. inside the Dalt Hotel at 34 Turk St. A clerk at the hotel declined to answer questions about the slaying.

The Dalt was once one of the Tenderloin's most notorious residential hotels, and in 2003 it was the scene of a shooting rampage in which four people died. Shortly thereafter, the nonprofit Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. rehabilitated the building and reopened it in 2005 as a showpiece for supportive housing for poor and formerly homeless people.

Nonprofit officials could not be reached for comment about the stabbing.

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Man Robbed After Stopping to Help Woman



A Good Samaritan was robbed at gunpoint by a damsel in distress pretending to be injured in the street early this morning in San Francisco's lower Nob Hill neighborhood, police said.

At about 12:10 a.m., a 30-year-old San Francisco man driving in the 1500 block of Larkin Street saw a woman on her hands and knees in the street, stopped and got out to ask if she needed help, according to police.

The woman said she did need assistance, but when the man tried to help her up, she pushed him away and pointed a handgun at him, police said. She then went through the man's pockets, stole his cell phone, and took money from his wallet before throwing the wallet back at him and running off.

The victim gave chase, but the woman escaped down the block in car being driven by a second suspect.

About 10 minutes later, police spotted a woman matching the robber's description walking several blocks away on Larkin Street near Olive Street.

The victim was able to identify the alleged fraudster, 36-year-old Kimberly Brown, of San Francisco, and she was arrested.

Police weren't able to find the suspect vehicle -- described as a four-door, tan American car -- or the driver.

The gun and the victim's cell phone were also missing, but all the man's money was recovered, police said.

Brown was booked on suspicion of robbery and possession of stolen property.

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