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Police shoot, kill suspect allegedly driving stolen lottery van in Bayview

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San Francisco police shot and killed a carjacking suspect at the Alice Griffith housing development on Friday. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)
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UPDATE 5:35 P.M.:

The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man shot and killed by police Friday as Keita O’Neil, 42. He had no known city of residence.

UPDATE 2:30 P.M.:

San Francisco police shot and killed a carjacking suspect who was allegedly driving a stolen California State Lottery van in the Bayview District late Friday morning, officers said.

At about 10:30 a.m., police responded to reports of a robbery and carjacking in the 1800 block of 23rd Street, San Francisco police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Andraychak told reporters Friday afternoon.

That’s where a white California State Lottery van was stolen and a female victim was assaulted, Andraychak said. The victim was injured but is expected to survive.

Andraychak said another vehicle at the scene, a gold SUV, was also involved in the robbery and was seen “caravaning” with the stolen lottery van down several streets in the Bayview before they split up.

One group of officers stopped the gold SUV at Ingalls Street and Gilman Avenue, and detained the people in the van, Andraychak said.

The suspect in the white lottery van continued driving into the Alice Griffith housing development and stopped at Griffith Street and Fitzgerald Avenue.

“The suspect exited the vehicle, and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Andraychak said.

The suspect was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in an ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.

Andraychak did not release details about the suspect or the officers involved in the shooting, though he said the officers’ body worn cameras have been retrieved and will be viewed later as part of the evidence.

A group of nearly a dozen neighbors crowded by the police tape in the Alice Griffith housing development in the hours after the shooting.

Witnesses, who did not wish to be named for fear of reprisal, said they heard a screech of tires and a gunshot.

When they looked at the scene, they saw a “young” man, possibly a teenager or in his 20s, face down with his head in a pool of blood.

The witnesses said police appeared to try to administer CPR by pumping his chest. An ambulance arrived more than 10 minutes later, they said.

Blood was apparent on the man’s face and neck, the witnesses added.

A Medical Examiner’s Office van was on the scene when the San Francisco Examiner approached the housing development, and left shortly after noon. Many of the homes in the housing projects have boarded windows, and Christmas wreaths hung from other doors nearby.

A person answering the phone at Bret Harte Elementary School, located about a block from the officer-involved shooting at 1035 Gilman Ave., said the school was on lockdown at about 11:30 a.m.

Bret Harte’s principal spoke with officers at the scene and determined there was no direct threat to anyone at the campus, San Francisco Unified School District spokesperson Gentle Blythe said in a statement.

“As school was in session there would not likely be many students who witnessed the incident, but the school is reaching out to determine if any students may have witnessed the incident so they can get support with processing,” Blythe said in the statement.

Donald Johnson, 25, a resident of the neighborhood, said he saw police chasing a white van or truck on Friday morning.

“It was going so fast down the street,” Johnson told the San Francisco Examiner.

A short time later, Johnson heard a crash and a single gunshot.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

S.F. Examiner Staff Writer Laura Waxmann contributed to this report.

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