The viewpoint from The City’s iconic Twin Peaks became the site of a homicide early Saturday morning.
A man was shot around 3:19 a.m. in the Twin Peaks viewpoint parking lot and did not survive. The Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as 23-year-old Luis Venegas of San Mateo.
Venegas was with some friends at the view point, from which on a clear night you can admire San Francisco’s skyline, when apparently “he exchanged some words with another group of young men that were nearby,” according to police Sgt. Michael Andraychak. At least one of those other men pulled out a gun and began shooting, striking the victim multiple times in the torso.
The suspects, described as either two or three white or Hispanic men, then fled in a white Honda Odyssey, or a similar-type van.
The man’s friends called 911, and police and paramedics responded to the scene, but were not able to revive the victim.
Twin Peaks is often visited by tourists, but Andraychak said police do not believe there is any danger in visiting the site.
“We think this is an unfortunate but isolated incident,” he said. “Twin Peaks is not really a tourist spot at 3:30 in the morning.”
The police are asking the public for help identifying the suspects. Anyone who knows something that may be helpful to the case is encouraged to call the police homicide department at (415) 553-1145. The department’s anonymous tip line is (415) 575-4444.
Tech-savvy tipsters can also text their tip into police, by texting Tip411, and including the term “SFPD” at the beginning of the text.