Suspect searched prior to shootings

A man police say was involved in the murder of two men in the Mission district Sunday afternoon had been searched and questioned by police just 10 minutes before the incident.

Andres Siordia, 19, was charged Tuesday with murder and attempted murder for the shooting deaths of Francisco Cornejo, 26, and Francisco Pena, 41. The two men were killed around 4 p.m. Sunday at Papa Potrero’s Pizza at 24th and Potrero streets. A third man was shot, but he’s expected to survive.

The crime is believed to be connected to a shooting Friday night that left 21-year-old Michael Sanchez dead and another man injured. Police have said both shootings may be gang related.

The incidents have left residents in the Mission district reeling. Last year, there were 18 homicides in the neighborhood, but this year there had been none before last weekend.

In response to concerns, Mission Police Station Capt. Steve Tacchini held a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss the crimes and police efforts to stem the violence. He said Sanchez was one of the 25 people under a gang injunction that forbid him from being in the neighborhood.

Siordia was stopped and searched in the park minutes before the shooting, Lt. James Spillane said.

Siordia will be arraigned at 9 a.m. today.
 

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