Teen arrested in Visitacion Valley homicide case

A teenager who was shot to death Tuesday in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley knew his killers and didn’t expect the attack, police said as they announced the arrest of a 16-year-old boy in the killing.

Witnesses reported seeing Eric Campos, 19, walking with two young men in the 3600 block of San Bruno Avenue just before he was gunned down at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, San Francisco police Lt. John Murphy, who runs the homicide detail, said Thursday. The three huddled and appeared to have a conversation, then one of Campos’ acquaintances shot him, Murphy said.

Police reported previously that Campos ran some distance before he died. “It makes sense that they pulled the gun and shot him and he tried to run away for cover and then expired,” Murphy said Thursday.

The motive behind the killing is still unclear, Murphy said. He said the two suspected killers are from the Sunnydale area and the victim was from Visitacion Valley.

It was unclear Thursday whether the boy who was arrested had pulled the trigger, Murphy said. He said police have a good idea of the identity of the other suspect, also thought to be a juvenile, and expect to arrest him soon.

Murphy said witness accounts and physical evidence found at the scene led police to the alleged killers. The arrested boy’s identityis being withheld because he is a juvenile.

amartin@examiner.com

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