Metreon officials mum on security after fatal shooting

Metreon officials remained tight-lipped about security procedures at the entertainment center, after a second slaying in as many months rocked one of The City’s popular destination spots Sunday night.

Shots rang out inside the building near the AMC Loews theater box office just after 7 p.m. The gunfire led panicked passers-by to run out the Metreon entrance at the intersection of Fourth and Mission streets.

Metreon officials said they would not talk about their own security, “For obvious reasons, we do not disclose specifics of our security operations.”

Officials did say that security cameras were rolling at the time of the shooting and the footage will be turned over to investigators. They added that the safety of their customers is “paramount.”

Police were able to arrest a 15-year-old boy suspected of killing Oakland resident Michael Price Jr., 18, with a handgun. According to police Sgt. Neville Gittens, Price sustained numerous gunshot wounds and died about a half-hour later at San Francisco General Hospital.

Gittens said police arrested the teenager a block away from the Metreon entrance. Additional officers were already on hand directing traffic, due to the Oracle Open World conference behind the Metreon.

The slaying was the second deadly incident at the Metreon in two months. A 27-year-old victim was gunned down outside Jillian’s sports bar on Sept. 16. Prosecutors said the gunman shot into a crowd of people. Sunday’s shooting was also in a large crowd.

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