Man fatally shot while riding bike in Richmond district

A man riding a bicycle was fatally shot in the Richmond district early this morning, the first homicide this year in the normally quiet neighborhood.

Police were searching for two suspects in the shooting, which occurred about 1:40 a.m. on the 1300 block of Cabrillo Street. After being shot, the victim jumped off his bike and ran down Cabrillo Street, knocking on the doors of homes, police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

The noise prompted neighbors to call the police, but by the time officers arrived, the victim was already lying dead outside a residence, according to Gittens. The suspect appeared to be trying to gain entrance in to one of the homes but died from his wounds while slumped in a doorway, Gittens said.

No suspects have been arrested, but police said information gathered at the scene indicates two people were involved in the fatal shooting. The two suspects engaged in a verbal confrontation with the victim before one of them opened fire, according to Gittens.
Gittens said the suspects, both black males, fled the scene following the shooting.

Police are investigating the case, Gittens said.

The victim was identified as Jordan McKay, 23, of San Francisco, by Medical Examiner’s Office.

Although The City has seen a recent spate of homicides in the past month — 13 since Aug. 22 — the Richmond district neighborhood had been typically free of violence this year — until this morning.

Local merchants and neighbors expressed shock at the news of the killing.

“I’ve never heard of anything like this,” said Tony Halteh, who works at Denhard’s Market at 10th Avenue and Cabrillo, about four blocks from the crime scene. “This is a good area.”

Ray Holland, president of the Planning Association for the Richmond, said homicide cases are extremely rare in the mostly-residential neighborhood.

“We have some activity at night, with people out on the streets, but we practically never hear about anyone getting killed,” Holland said.

There have been two homicides in 2008 that fell within the boundaries of the Richmond Police Station, but those killings occurred near the University of San Francisco campus, an area of The City that is not considered the Richmond district.

Wednesday morning’s killing was the 78th homicide in San Francisco this year, and the fifth in The City in the past week. At the same date in 2007, when The City recorded a decade-high 98 homicides, there were 81 killings.

On Sunday night, 23-year-old Royshawn Holden was killed in a drive-by shooting on Valencia Street. One day later, a still-unidentified man died at San Francisco General Hospital from injuries sustained in a shooting Friday night in The City’s Bayview neighborhood.

Caprisha Green, a 19-year-old mother of one, was fatally shot outside of her home in Potrero Hill on Saturday night, and the lifeless body of 73-year-old Nestor San Carlos was discovered wrapped in a plastic bag and shoved into a trash bin Thursday.

Of the five killings, only one — the San Carlos case — had resulted in an arrest by San Francisco police officers.

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