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.

dsmith@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Construction in the Better Market Street Project between Fifth and Eighth streets is expected to break ground in mid-2021.<ins></ins>
SFMTA board to vote on Better Market Street changes

Agency seeks to make up for slimmed-down plan with traffic safety improvements

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Currey (30) tallied 26 points and seven assists at Monday night’s game against the Lakers. (Chris Victorio for the S.F. Examiner).
Warriors overcome 19-point deficit to stun defending-champion Lakers 115-113

Ladies and gentlemen, the Golden State Warriors are officially back. Stephen Curry… Continue reading

U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks during an event to name President-elect Joe Biden’s economic team at the Queen Theater on Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/TNS)
Kamala Harris to resign from Senate

Bridget Bowman CQ-Roll Call Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign from the… Continue reading

A view of Science Hall at the City College of San Francisco Ocean campus on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
CCSF begins search for next chancellor amid new challenges

‘It’s arguably the biggest single responsibility the board has,’ trustee says

Some people are concerned that University of California, San Francisco’s expansion at its Parnassus campus could cause an undesirable increase in the number of riders on Muni’s N-Judah line.<ins></ins>
Will UCSF’s $20 million pledge to SFMTA offset traffic woes?

An even more crowded N-Judah plus increased congestion ahead cause concern

Most Read