Bold killing latest in bloody spree

In the wake of a bloody weekend that saw two double homicides, a daylight shooting at a Potrero Hill public housing site brought the total number of homicides in The City this year to 28.

The number of homicides to date has outpaced the 24 recorded during the three-month time frame in 2007, a year in which San Francisco tallied a decade-high of 98 murders.

In the latest homicide, two men in ski masks open fired into a minivan approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, sending the vehicle into a Potrero Hill day care playground.

The gunmen fired at least five rounds, killing one of the occupants and sending bullets toward the Oscaryne Williams Infant and Toddler Center, located at 85 Turner Terrace in the Potrero Terrace housing authority site.

Several children, between 6 months and 3 years old, were inside taking a nap when the shooting occurred, according to a director at the day care. A divot remained on the door where a bullet ricocheted. A steel barricade prevented the minivan from driving down a hill into the playground.

“I’m just glad spring break is over,” said the director, who declined to be named. “Last week, you would’ve had kids running all over this street.”

The victim, who was unidentified as of Tuesday evening, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police did not have any other description of the shooters except that they were wearing ski masks. Police believe the driver of the van also fled.

The Potrero Hill homicide is the sixth killing in less than a week.

A double slaying outside a Sunset District pizzeria was the result of a random dispute, according to police. In the weekend’s second double homicide, Ernad Joldic, 21, and Phil Ng, 24, were gunned down while sitting in a car. The motive is still under investigation, according to police.

Only two days earlier, a 71-year-old man was beaten to death in SoMa after a man tried to rob him.

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