Defendant Justin Howard looks on as Judge Samuel Feng goes over evidence with his defense and prosecutors Wednesday. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Jury finds man guilty of murder for 2014 drive-by shooting in the Mission

A Richmond resident charged with the murder of a man in a daylight drive-by shooting in the Mission in 2014 was found guilty of first degree murder Monday, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Justin Howard was found guilty by a San Francisco Superior Court jury Monday for the murder of Dominic Anderson on June 13, 2014.

Anderson was shot near 15th and Mission streets about 9:15 p.m. He was found there by police and was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Shooting

The details of that day emerged in the several week-long San Francisco trial.

On June 13 around 9:30 a.m., Anderson was dropping his friend off for an appointment at Walden House on 15th Street in the Mission. As she went inside, he waited in a white convertible Chrysler.

About a half hour before, someone drove Howard’s purple Lexus over the Bay Bridge, according to video surveillance. Moments later the car owned by the mother of Howard’s children passed through the toll plaza.

Cell phone towers also picked up the number associated with Howard’s cell phone moving into the The City and then the Mission. Surveillance cameras then recorded some of that purple Lexus’ progress through the Mission.

As Anderson sat in the convertible, the Lexus rolled by. Surveillance footage played in court showed the car back up as the driver fired a .40 caliber automatic pistol multiple times at Anderson, who died from the wounds. The Lexus then sped away and one witness said he saw a bald black man in his 20s driving the car.

Cell towers tracked the car’s progress as it headed into East Oakland. Police later found the car, but it had been torched.

Later that day, Howard called police to report that his car had been stolen. He told a dispatcher he’d parked his car in front of Highland Hospital in Oakland the previous night. He had to stop driving, he said, because of an arm injury. He had to come by the hospital for treatment during the early the morning hours of the same day the shooting happened.

But Howard soon changed his story, saying that he’d lent his car and his cell phone to his cousin, Paris Anderson, who was shot dead in November 2014.

Howard was arrested in a raid in Richmond on July 18.

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