The repeated clicking noise of a pistol whose rounds had been spent tapped at the ears of a group of people cowering nearby. The shooter continued pulling the trigger after he’d fired all of its rounds at a group of San Francisco police officers. Then he threw the gun on the taco shop’s floor and surrendered.
This scene was described Monday by several witnesses who were working in a South of Market taqueria July 12, 2013, just after Barry White allegedly entered the shop and opened fire on police.
The incident in the taco shop occurred minutes after White allegedly shot Victoga Inc. jewelry store owner Vic Hung several times, and shot then cut the throat of store employee Lina Lim, 51, and cut the throat of another employee, 35-year-old Khin Min.
After the bloody attack at the 888 Brannan St. jewelry wholesaler, White was seen leaving and then opened fire on police outside.
White, who has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity, was shot in the back of the head by a police officer in 2009
and his lawyer has said that caused brain damage. White, 27, faces 16 felony charges in connection with the attack at Victoga Inc., a jewelry store in the San Francisco GiftCenter & JewelryMart.
Video footage and video stills of the carnage were shown in opening statements of the case last week, but Monday’s testimony heard from witnesses added details to much of the scene outside the building when police tried to apprehend White.
Christina Yang Sui, the taco shop’s owner, ducked under a sink after White jumped over the counter and started firing at police.
“I hid and I heard gunshots,” she said.
Jose Castellon, a cook at the taco shop, watched as White shot at police.
“He was focused on the officers who were outside,” said Castellon through a Spanish translator. “I saw him but he didn’t see me.”
When all his rounds had been fired, said Castellon, White tossed the pistol and got on the ground.
Witness testimony is set to continue today.