A 65-year-old woman shot dead in an apparent murder-suicide that unfolded across the Sunset District on Friday has been identified as Nellie Hue of Reno, Nev., according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Hue was shot and killed in the driveway of a home on 34th Avenue near Ortega Street at around 4:37 p.m., according to authorities and neighbors who spoke with the San Francisco Examiner.
Photographs on Hue’s Facebook suggest that she shared children with the man who allegedly killed her and public records show than the two were married in San Francisco in 1978.
The shooting prompted a five-hour manhunt that ended when the suspected gunman took his own life during a standoff with police near Golden Gate Park.
Winston Hue, 67, died by suicide after barricading himself in a blue Kia Soul near Lincoln Way and 47th Avenue. Police had released his photograph to the public and identified him as an armed and dangerous suspect in the homicide.
Police said the suspect would not cooperate with hostage negotiators who responded to the scene. San Francisco Police Department spokesperson David Stevenson said police “deployed a diversionary device to solicit a response from the suspect.”
When police approached the vehicle, officers found Winston Hue suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at 10:19 p.m.
On Sunday afternoon, two neighbors who live on the quiet residential street where the homicide happened spoke with the Examiner under the condition of anonymity.
One neighbor said the shooting happened at 1874 34th Ave. The neighbor said the shooting scared his wife, who called him after hearing five to six gunshots and seeing a SWAT team arrive at the scene.
“They tried to enter the house and look for the suspect,” the neighbor said. “He was long gone.”
No one answered the door at the house on Sunday. A phone number registered to the address is disconnected.
On Friday, KTVU reported that the victim may have been visiting relatives from out of town for a funeral when her ex-husband shot and killed her.
“It’s pretty sad,” another neighbor told the Examiner. “But I’m glad it’s not the people who live in that house because I know the people who live in that house.”
The neighbor said he saw the body lying in the driveway under a blanket.
There have been four homicides reported in San Francisco so far this year, including a son who allegedly stabbed his mother to death in Ocean View and a homeless man who allegedly stabbed someone to death in the Mission.
Days before the shooting, SFPD Chief Bill Scott noted an increase in violent crimes during the first weeks of 2018. There were 11 gun-violence related calls in San Francisco as of Jan. 17, compared with eight at that time last year.
“It’s early in the year and the good news to that is we’ve only had one gun-related homicide as related to four last year,” Scott said last Wednesday at the Police Commission, two days before the latest homicide.
By Jan. 17, police had also seized 39 firearms.
“We will continue to use that as a strategy to reduce gun violence in our city,” Scott said.
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