SFPD: Two weekend homicides weren’t random

Two weekend homicides do not appear to be random acts of violence, police said, as The City’s count rose to 37 since the beginning of the year.

After two years of record-setting homicides, The City’s total of 37 homicides is on pace with 2005’s six-month total of 39. Last year, San Francisco broke a decade-old record with 91 homicides, and in 2004, 88 were on record.

At 3 a.m. Monday, one man was killed and two bystanders were injured in a shooting on the 300 block of Ellis Street in The Tenderloin.

The unidentified suspect approached the victim, a 45-year-old male, on foot and began shooting, firing at least four rounds, said Sgt. Neville Gittens of the San Francisco Police Department.

“The victim appeared to have been targeted,” Gittens said.

The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office did not release the victim’s name.

A 40-year-old male and 37-year-old female were struck by stray bullets, and the female suffered life-threatening injuries, remaining hospitalized in San Francisco General Hospital.

The police are not investigating the incident as gang- or drug-related and have very little information on the suspect.

“There were plenty of people standing around, but no one has come forward,” Gittens said.

At 4:30 a.m. Sunday, 30-year-old San Franciscan Justin Early was shot and killed in a Mercedes as he was stopped at a stoplight at California and Polk streets.

Early was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

“The investigators from the homicide detail do not believe this was a random shooting,” Gittens added.

The suspect, a 30-year-old black male, about 6 feet tall and wearing dark pants and a dark jacket, fled on foot, and Gittens said it was unknown if the shooting was gang- or drug-related.

Those with informationon either of the two incidents should contact the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

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