Alleged Pier 14 shooter charged with murder for death of 32-year-old San Francisco woman

Flowers and a candle lay on the ground following a vigil for Kathryn Steinle, Monday, July 6, 2015, on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Steinle was gunned down while out for an evening stroll at Pier 14 with her father and a family friend on Wednesday, July 1. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach)

The San Francisco District Attorney’s office has charged a Mexican citizen with murder in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman who died from one gunshot wound Wednesday night along the Embarcadero.

Francisco Sanchez, also known as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who was detained an hour after the Wednesday night shooting, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of homicide Thursday and will be arraigned Tuesday.

The DA announced the charged late Monday.

On Sunday, Sanchez appeared to have admitted to the crime in a jailhouse interview with a local television station, but he spoke in broken English and looked less than coherent.

Kathryn Steinle, 32, was walking down Pier 14 with her father and a family friend after the trio had eaten dinner when she fell in pain. Police said she did not know she had been shot. She died soon after at the hospital.

Sanchez was detained several blocks away that night.

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