Shooting victim was a key witness

A victim and key witness in a 2005 attempted murder case was fatally shot in the Mission District Monday, the very day he left the California Witness Relocation and Assistance program and returned to San Francisco, District Attorney Kamala Harris announced today.

Forty-year-old Justin Lee was allegedly shot by defendant Sean Robinson multiple times at 24th and Vermont streets in May 2005, Harris' office said.

In December, Lee reported receiving threats regarding his testimony against Robinson. He entered the relocation and assistance program on Dec. 14.

Lee left the program and returned to San Francisco on Monday. He was fatally shot at approximately 11:35 p.m. the same day.

A witness reported seeing a 25-year-old black man chasing Lee, said police. Police are investigating the incident.

“This is an absolute tragedy and an outrage,” Harris said in a prepared statement. “We are working closely with (the San Francisco Police Department) to make sure that whoever committed this brazen act is brought to

justice.”

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