Killings push 2007 total closer to last year’s number

The City’s homicide rate continued to climb after a violent weekend left two people dead, eight injured and a ninth hospitalized Monday.

A man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening Monday after being shot in the shoulder just before noon at 921 Post St., which sits next door to R&W Cleaners, police reported. Witnesses reported seeing the shooter flee into a nearby residential building, but a police search did not turn up any suspects, police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

The latest fatal shooting took place early Sunday, when a man opened fire into a crowd standing in front of Jillian’s nightclub on Fourth Street near Howard Street in the Metreon complex, police said.

Officers arrested Kenoye Stroman, 23, of Oakland, after intercepting the white Dodge Charger limousine in which he was riding as it exited the freeway at Grand Avenue in Oakland, according to the police. Stroman allegedly shot and killed a Jillian’s patron, Ronald Jacques, 23, of Los Angeles, and wounded a 29-year-old woman from San Francisco.

That incident brought this year’s homicide total to 83 — two shy last year’s total of 85. At this time last year, 68 homicides had been recorded.

Sunday’s shooting followed a stabbing just after midnight Saturday that left 37-year-old Marcus Harris, of San Francisco, dead in the 1500 block of La Salle Avenue, police reported. Police arrested a suspect in that incident. The victim was a resident of the neighborhood near the Bayview district where the shooting occurred, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday.

Nonfatal injury attacks included a 9:45 p.m. shooting on 24th and York streetsthat injured two Friday, a shooting near Amazon Avenue and Vienna Street that injured one just after midnight Saturday and another shooting at Harrison and Sixth streets that injured one person at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

A stabbing at 24th and Capp streets injured one person at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Also on Saturday, a shooting in the 900 block of Shotwell Street injured one at 10:05 p.m. as did a 10:15 p.m. stabbing at Turk and Steiner streets, police reported.

amartin@examiner.com

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