Man arrested in connection with Potrero Hill slaying Monday

A 25-year-old man was arrested Monday evening in connection with a slaying in Potrero Hill that occurred earlier that day.

Carneil Hickman-Butler was booked into County Jail on a murder charge in relation to the shooting death of 33-year-old Prince Johnson, who was shot in the shoulder on the 1000 block of Connecticut Street Monday afternoon.

Hickman-Butler was pulled over by officers in the Western Addition near Ellis and Steiner streets around 6:35 p.m. The officers, from Park Police Station, recognized his license plate and white sedan soon after they were advised over police radio to detain anyone inside a vehicle matching that description, Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

Two passengers, including Hickman-Butler, were detained. It’s unclear whether the other person was arrested in relation to the murder.

Hickman-Butler was then brought in to speak with homicide investigators, who booked him on one count of murder.

Hickman-Butler is in custody without bail, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Johnson was found bleeding to death by a passerby around 12:51 p.m. on Connecticut Street between 25th and Wisconsin streets, where the Potrero Hill housing projects are located.

Someone then called police and he was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Initial reports from police said the gunman used a semi-automatic handgun in the shooting.

The Medical Examiner has notified Johnson’s family. Few other details have been released about the incident.

Johnson’s death marks The City’s 24th homicide of the year, according to the police count. He is the 13th black homicide victim in 2015.

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