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SFPD adds 24-hour unit at Twin Peaks after man robbed, shot dead at popular lookout

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A view of Sutro Tower rising over Twin Peaks in San Francisco, Calif. April 16, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco police are investigating the killing of a 71-year-old man who was found with a gunshot wound after apparently being robbed near the popular Twin Peaks lookout early Sunday, where two men were shot and killed last year.

According to police, a male and female robbed Edward French of a camera and then shot him once before fleeing around 7:50 a.m. Sunday. The suspects then ran to a gray Honda Accord and fled the scene.

The male suspect was in his early 20s and had shoulder length dreads. The female was in her late teens.

A jogger passing the area Sunday morning heard a gunshot. When the jogger continued he saw French on the ground.

The jogger began administering CPR before a police radio car passed by. The police took the victim to a hospital where it was discovered he had been shot. He died at the hospital.

The killing of French occurred at a location popular with tourists, police spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca said.

“This is rare for that area,” Rueca said. “You always have to be concerned when someone dies at any location in The City. We want to keep every place safe regardless of what brings people to that area.”

Still, this is the third killing in two years at that location, which has been troubled in recent months by car break-ins.

On Feb. 14, 2016, two men were shot dead and a third was injured at that lookout. Julio Peraza, 21, Rene Mora, 19, both of Santa Rosa, where killed in what police called a targeted killing.

In the wake of Sunday’s killing, police have added a fixed 24-hour post until further notice at the outlook. In recent months, the police have also stepped up their anti-car break-in efforts, Rueca said.

Rueca said earlier Monday that there are surveillance cameras in the area, but police did not say as of Monday afternoon whether they have recovered video of the shooting or the suspects.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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