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Former Texas rapper killed in Bay Bridge triple shooting: ‘They never saw it coming’

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Darryl Stinnette, a 31-year-old man known in Dallas as the former rapper “Pooh” or “Lil’ Pooh,” was shot and killed on the Bay Bridge Monday while visiting town for a concert, according to his business partner. (Courtesy photo)

The driver killed in a brazen triple shooting Monday on the Bay Bridge has been identified as a Texas-based artist manager and former rapper who was visiting San Francisco for a concert, according to his business partner.

Darryl Stinnette, a 31-year-old man better known in Dallas as “Pooh” or “Lil’ Pooh,” was driving out of San Francisco in an SUV when a gunman opened fire on him and his two passengers at around 2:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol and Medical Examiner’s Office.

A witness heard five gunshots before the SUV swerved into another lane and struck a sedan as the shooter fled in a vehicle described only as being silver in color, a CHP spokesperson said. The shooter also struck a Porsche driving on the bridge.

Stinnette died at the scene. One of the passengers was shot in the leg, while the other was shot in the arm. Both are expected to survive.

Stinnette was the co-owner of a marketing and artist management company in Atlanta called Dirty Glove Bastard, according to DGB cofounder Michael Bartolomeo. Stinnette quit rapping under the name “Lil’ Pooh” four years ago. In recent months, Bartolomeo said Stinnette had a second child, a baby boy.

“Pooh was such a genuine, good guy and not about violence, anything like that ever,” Bartolomeo told the San Francisco Examiner in a phone call Tuesday. “It’s really a complete shocker.”

Bartolomeo said Stinnette visited San Francisco to represent an artist at a show on Saturday and at a club appearance Sunday night, just hours before the shooting. Another colleague from DBG was shot in the front passenger seat of the car, while a cameraman was shot in the back seat, according Bartolomeo.

“They never saw it coming,” Bartolomeo said, adding that the men were not involved in a confrontation at the club before the shooting. “It either seemed really random or just out of nowhere.”

Citing law enforcement sources, KTVU reported Tuesday morning that Stinnette had promoted an event at the Harlot nightclub on Minna Street before the shooting. The report said police are investigating a possible connection between shots fired outside the nightclub at around 1 a.m. and the homicide.

“We can’t confirm that it’s connected at this point,” Officer Joseph Tomlinson, a San Francisco police spokesperson, has since told the Examiner. “We’re looking at all leads to see if the two are tied together.”

Police said two men were involved in the earlier incident. One of the men fired a gun into the sky multiple times before speeding away in a white Mercedes with the other man. The duo then crashed the car into a freeway pillar at 13th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, according to Tomlinson.

Both men were taken to the hospital.

Tomlinson said one of the men, 22-year-old Michael Gomez-Borg, was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm, evading a police officer, a marijuana offense and traffic violations.

A representative of the Harlot nightclub did not respond to a request for comment.

No one has been arrested in connection with the homicide, according to the CHP.

A CHP spokesperson said the agency is reviewing survelliance footage of the vehicles on the bridge.

DGB has set up an online fundraiser for Stinnette’s family.

The fatal shooting marked the 27th homicide of the year so far in San Francisco.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

This story has been updated from its initial version.

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