Homicide numbers keep rising

The shooting death of an intruder into an apartment in the Potrero Hill housing projects Thursday marks the 59th homicide in San Francisco this year, and the 11th homicide this month, indicating a possible spike.

In the eight-day period between Aug. 11 and Aug. 19, seven people were shot to death in San Francisco. The surge in killing appears to follow a pattern demonstrated in the last two years, wherein The City’s homicide rate peaks, rather than staying constant.

In 2004, 88 homicides took place in San Francisco. Of those, 41 took place in March, April, May and June. In 2005, The City recorded 96 homicides — a 10-year high. Of those, 44 took place during September, October and November, with 20 in November.

The monthly homicide rate has been climbing steadily this year since May, when six homicides were recorded. In June, nine took place, seven in July and 11 so far in August.

In 2004, 65 homicides were recorded in San Francisco through the end of August, while in 2005, 47 were recorded in the same time.

Police officials were not available for comment Friday, but have said before that they are making strides in reducing black-on-black, gang-related homicides.

Police made four arrests last week in three separate murders, two from thisyear and one from 2004.

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