More than a year after a stray bullet struck a 65-year-old woman in the head as she walked to a bus stop in the Oceanview neighborhood, the San Francisco Examiner has obtained court documents offering new details in the homicide.
The records reveal that Kevin Kese, 25, and Jonathan Santos, 25, were allegedly caught on video celebrating after returning to the Sunnydale housing project from the triple shooting at Plymouth Avenue and Broad Street.
It was on the morning of March 29, 2017 when prosecutors claim Santos pulled over in a white BMW and Kese got out of the car, firing at least 13 rounds from a semi-automatic firearm at a group of people standing outside a barbershop.
A single bullet struck Xiu Lian Wu, of San Francisco, in the head. Two men were also each shot in the leg and taken to the hospital, but survived.
Prosecutors filed motions that included the new details after San Francisco police extradited Kese from Las Vegas last month. He has since been charged with murder, three counts of attempted murder and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon. It’s unclear why Kese was not charged before.
Police first arrested Santos, the alleged wheelman, within an hour of the shooting. But Santos was released within days when prosecutors declined to file charges, citing the need for further investigation. Six months later on Sept. 27, 2017, prosecutors filed the same charges against Santos.
Kese, who is on probation for second-degree attempted robbery in San Mateo County, is facing an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Both men have pleaded not guilty and denied all allegations.
In the court records, prosecutor Julia Cervantes said Kese “shot down the street and sidewalk” at the busy intersection, which has Muni bus and light-rail stops. Cervantes said the victims who were struck “were spaced down the block,” while there were at least two other people “in the line of fire.”
About 30 minutes after the shooting, a camera captured the White BMW pulling up to the 1800 block of Sunnydale Avenue where Kese lives. Both men eventually exited the car and Kese greeted “Santos in a celebratory manner,” Cervantes said.
The shooting marked the third homicide in six months at the intersection.
Family said after the shooting that Wu was an innocent victim. She is remembered as a caring grandmother and immigrant from China.