Bayview shooting marks SF’s 52nd homicide of the year

A 35-year-old man shot Dec. 2 in Bayview-Hunters Point — and who died two days later — marks San Francisco’s 52nd homicide of the year, tying with 2015’s count.

Nathaniel Burgess, a San Francisco resident, was shot at about 11:30 p.m. while in a car in Garlington Court, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.

The other passenger was not wounded. Burgess was taken to the hospital where he died Dec. 4, said Acting Chief Toney Chaplin at Wednesday night’s Police Commission meeting.

San Francisco’s annual homicide count has floated at around 50 since 2009. In 2014 the number dropped to a recent low of 47.

Despite the slight rise in homicides, San Francisco and the Bay Area as a whole have relatively low murder rates compared the the national average.

Nationwide there were 14,856 murders in 2015. In cities with a population ranging from 500,000 to 999,999 people, the murder rate in 2015 per 100,000 was 12.5. Overall, those cities saw a combined total of 2,081 murders last year.

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