Slayings fail to let up during Monday holiday in S.F.

A bloody Labor Day weekend had police working overtime in San Francisco, as The City tallied four killings Sunday and Monday.

The four slayings bring The City’s homicide total to 78 for the year, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens, a department spokesman, said Monday. A tally for 2006 was not available during the Labor Day holiday Monday, but Friday, police reported that there had been 62 homicides as of that date in 2006. The City ended 2006 with 85 homicides.

The violence comes after a bloody week, when two people were found apparently stabbed to death in their Ingleside Heights home Friday, and another man was stabbed to death in United Nations Plaza early the same day.

At least two fatal shootings during the weekend are thought to be linked, causing police to bring the gang task force and tactical officers in to saturate the area just southeast of McLaren Park, Gittens said.

The first slaying of the weekend was reported at the Franciscan Motel, at 6600 Third St., at 2:35 a.m. Sunday. Police found 35-year-old Dejohn Maybon inside a room with multiple gunshot wounds, an officer said Monday. A female victim suffering from wounds that were not life-threatening drove herself to an area hospital, police reported.

Later on Sunday, about 9:40 a.m., two suspects chased a man on foot into a garage in the 100 block of Velasco Avenue.

After he was shot, 32-year-old Byron Smith ran across Geneva Avenue into Daly City before he died, Gittens said.

Apparently in response to the Velasco Avenue shooting, another man was gunned down on Brookdale Avenue near Geneva Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, Gittens said.

Earlier Monday, about 3:45 a.m., a body was found in the 2600 Block of San Jose Avenue, Gittens said. The body of John Schirra, 22, was discovered next to a house, apparently dead from either a stab wound or a gunshot wound.

Focusing on the two apparently related killings, Gittens said police officers on patrol were working longer shifts Monday.

amartin@examiner.com

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