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SFPD responds to string of weekend carjackings

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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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A carjacking that ended in an officer-involved shooting in San Francisco on Friday was one of a number of such incidents in the Bayview, Mission and Tenderloin neighborhoods that police responded to over the weekend.

The string of carjackings in The City began Friday around 10:30 a.m. when officers responded to a report of a robbery and carjacking in the 1800 block of 23rd Street in the Potrero Hill neighborhood.

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A male suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Keita O’Neill, allegedly assaulted a California State Lottery employee and drove away in her white van in that incident.

Police stopped a second vehicle that had been at the crime scene and detained three or four individuals. However, when officers stopped the lottery van in the area of Fitzgerald Avenue and Griffith Street, officers apparently shot O’Neill after he got out of the van.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later and police have not released further details on the shooting.

A second carjacking occurred later Friday just before 5 p.m. at a gas station in the 2800 block of Cesar Chavez Street near U.S. Highway 101.

The victim, a 54-year-old man, left the keys in his car while he paid for gas.

When the suspect, a 56-year-old man, got into the car and started to drive away, the victim tried to open the car door and was briefly dragged before the suspect crashed the car.

The victim and the suspect were both taken to the hospital with injuries that were considered non-life threatening, according to police. The suspect was then placed under arrest.

Three additional carjackings occurred on Saturday, starting shortly before 8 p.m. when a 20-year-old woman sitting in her car in the area of Newhall Street and Evans Avenue was ordered out of the vehicle at gunpoint.

Two suspects, a man and a woman, entered the car and drove away west on Evans Avenue.

The suspects in that case were stopped and arrested and the vehicle was recovered, police said.

Around 11 p.m. on Saturday, a 48-year-old man met with a potential buyer for his vehicle in the 2100 block of Jennings Street.

The supposed buyer, a 30-year-old man, pulled out a gun and demanded the keys from the victim, then drove away north on Jennings in the vehicle.

Finally, around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a 29-year-old man left his vehicle unlocked while he went shopping in the area of Eddy and Leavenworth streets, police said.

When he returned to his vehicle he found four men sitting inside it, and a woman who threatened him and told him to start the vehicle. He complied, and the suspects drove away.

Further details about that case were not immediately available.

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