Man slain in Potrero Hill, body found on Fillmore

A man was gunned down on a Potrero Hill street Tuesday afternoon, the latest in a rash of killings that have plagued the city over the past month.

The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, is the 15th slaying this month and the 82nd in 2008, putting the city on par with last year's decade-high death count of 98.

San Francisco police Sgt. Wilfred Williams said 911 callers reported multiple gunshots on the 1400 block of Illinois Street near 25th Street at 1:40 p.m. Police arrived to find the man, who was in his 30s shot. He was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died.

The suspect, a man in his 20s, was last seen fleeing west on 24th Street in a white Ford Mustang, Williams said.

The industrial area near the waterfront is home to a smattering of auto shops, warehouses and furniture stores. It is less than a mile from the Connecticut Street public housing projects where 19-year-old Caprisha Green was fatally shot 10 days earlier.

Williams said it was too early to tell if Tuesday's killing, which took place while the man was standing near a taco truck, was related to any other recent slayings.

The shooting came hours after police found a 71-year-old man dead in a parked car in the Western Addition.

The man, identified by the medical examiner as James Hughes of Daly City, did not have any obvious signs of trauma, Williams said. The medical examiner's office will determine whether the case is a homicide or if Hughes died of natural causes, Williams said. There have been nine undetermined deaths in San Francisco this year, according to the medical examiner's office.

Police found Hughes' body in a red 1997 Buick parked Fillmore Street between McAllister and Fulton streets after being called to the area at 8:15 a.m., Williams said.

Daly City police Sgt. David Mackriss said Hughes had not been reported missing.

On Sept. 5, 18-year-old Joshua Cameron was fatally shot on the same block.

Cameron's killing, coupled with the body found Tuesday, left some residents concerned.

Joyce Westfield, who has lived in the neighborhood 30 years, said she hoped foul play wasn't involved in Tuesday's incident.

“The neighborhood is better than it was a year ago, but I'm careful because I'm a senior citizen,” she said.

tbarak@sfexaminer.com

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