Slayings don’t take a break for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday proved no respite from The City’s ever-growing homicide tally as a Daly City man was gunned down in the Portola neighborhood.

At 1:50 a.m. Thursday, San Francisco police responded to a call of shots fired on the 700 block of Bacon Street, just two blocks from the Palega Recreation Center.

Police found Ronondo Johnson, 35, in a car with a gunshot wound, according to San Francisco police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting is under investigation by police, and there was no suspect information available.

When SirMarcus Bibbs, 21, was shot to death in front of his home in the Bayview on Nov. 2, police had the official homicide total at 89 for 2007.

Since Bibbs’ death, however, there have been five shooting deaths, including Johnson’s, in The City.

Just a day after the Bibbs shooting, Christian Evans, 21, was shot to death in Hunters Point. On Nov. 11, Michael Price, 18, was shot and later died after a verbal exchange erupted into gunfire at the Metreon at Fourth and Mission streets.

Erick Balderas, 21, and Allen Bow, 20, were shot and killed in separate incidents last weekend. Balderas was in the driver’s seat of a parked car when a beige, four-door Toyota Camry pulled up and its passengers opened fire.

Bow died at San Francisco General Hospital after a bullet ripped through his hip after an argument at the corner of Polk Street and Frank Norris, an alleyway near St. Francis Memorial Hospital.

Balderas’ and Bow’s death were only a fraction of the violence from that weekend, which saw six other people shot.

In 1995, there were 104 homicides, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Since 2003, The City has suffered through the four most deadly years since then, culminating in 96 homicides during 2005.

This year’s tally is threatening that mark, though the number can fluctuate as cases are investigated and potentially classified as something other than a homicide, such as a suspicious death or justifiable homicide.

dsmith@examiner.com  

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