The District Attorney’s Office said it is actively investigating whether to file charges against suspects in the fatal shooting of a German tourist near Union Square last year.
Interim Police Chief Jeff Godown said Monday the case was passed along to the district attorney about a month ago. Cops are awaiting a decision before pursuing arrests, Godown said.
Godown said Tuesday at least five suspects were being eyed in connection with the eight-month-old homicide. Just before nightfall Aug. 8, Mechthild Schröer, 50, was hit by a stray bullet during a chaotic gun battle between groups of teenagers at Mason and Geary streets. The shooting injured two others and sent dozens of people at the busy intersection running down the street and into shops for cover.
While arrests were made shortly after the shooting, insufficient evidence prevented charges from being filed. It was not clear whether the Police Department’s latest case would finally lead to arrests and charges. The public has expressed outrage that a brazen shooting done in broad daylight in front of many witnesses has remained unsolved.
Stefan Schröer, Mechthild’s husband, believes the lack of a murder weapon has stymied investigators.
On Tuesday, the District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on specifics of the case, saying the investigation is “active and open.”
“At the point that we have additional information we can share, we will do so,” spokeswoman Erica Derryck said.
Meanwhile, District Attorney George Gascón was set to meet and discuss the investigation today with the slain tourist’s husband and sons.
Stefan Schröer and his sons Tobias, 22, and Jonas, 18, returned to The City on Sunday for a four-day trip to honor and remember the elementary school principal.
On Monday, Schröer brought his two sons to the busy intersection where their mother was killed.
A memorial for Mechthild Schröer was scheduled for today at a local church.
A tragedy and its aftermath
No one has been held accountable in the slaying of Mechthild Schröer last year.
- Aug. 8: Schröer, 50, is fatally shot about 9 p.m. at Mason and Geary.
- Aug. 10: Prosecutors dismiss case against 18-year-old man arrested following shooting, citing insufficient evidence.
- Aug. 12: Police serve search warrant on Fremont home but make no arrests.
- Aug. 25: Then-police Chief George Gascón tells Police Commission suspects in shooting have been identified.
- Sunday: Schröer family returns to San Francisco.
- Monday: Interim police Chief Jeff Godown says the case was delivered to the district attorney about a month ago, and two to five suspects are being eyed.
- Today: Memorial to be held at local church for Schröer. Gascón, now district attorney, scheduled to meet with Schröer family.