The first and last person 17-year-old Tauvares Wooten wanted to talk to was his mother. He almost succeeded before collapsing Sunday with phone in hand, the victim of a shooting in the Silver Terrace neighborhood.
Just before noon on Sunday, reports of gunfire were reported in the area to police. Authorities said Wooten was shot several times just moments after leaving Mike’s Market at the intersection of Silver and Revere avenues and ran a block away to his aunt’s house, located at the 1200 block of Quesada Avenue.
When police arrived at the house, somebody was trying to carry Wooten in a car to take him to the hospital, police Sgt. Steve Mannina said. An ambulance arrived shortly afterward, however, and took Wooten to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead, just as his mother arrived.
Hours after the shooting, several small markers were clustered across the street where the shell casings fell outside the market, near the playground of Willie L. Brown, Jr. Preperatory Academy. A full block was taped off as a crime scene, from the intersection of Silver and Revere avenues to Silver and Quesada avenues where the wounded boy ran to call his mother. Blood spatters marked the path Wooten took to his aunt’s home.
Crime scene investigators were collecting evidence Sunday afternoon inside the home. Wooten’s extended family waited outside, standing in disbelief. Tears streamed down their faces as teenagers shot hoops and a man buffed his car across the street.
Sanequia Gregory, the teenager’s aunt, said Wooten wasn’t a star pupil, but he was a “gentle kid” nonetheless.
“I just want to know why they would do this,” Gregory said. “He never bothered anybody. He was like a young hippie — he didn’t want to hurt anybody.”
There were no immediate arrests following the shooting, but Mannina said investigators were able to collect clues thanks to a technology unveiled Friday.
“We were able to identify evidence at the scene, thanks to the ShotSpotter technology, that we may not have been able to collect without it,” Mannina said. “Based on the location of the report, we were able to distinguish where the shooting initially occurred, even though the victim was found a block away.”
The system consists of 26 microphone-type sensors placed within a square mile of Bayview-Hunters Point. When gunfire erupts, the gunfire is pinpointed and police are alerted through a central control.
Wooten’s family, which lost another member to homicide only months ago, said they’ll take whatever technology The City is willing to provide, as long as it helps bring the killers of a beloved boy to justice.
Week capped with violence
A fatal Silver Terrace shooting was just one of at least four shootings during a weekend full of violence.
The first shooting occurred Saturday night and left a man with minor injuries to his leg. Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Sunnydale Avenue in Visitacion Valley around 9:30 p.m. The victim was shot at least once in the leg and told officers he didn’t know who shot him, according to police.
Another shooting occurred Sunday about 12:30 a.m. in the area of McAllister and Fillmore streets, police reported. A man was shot twice and suffered injuries that were not life threatening, according to police. The victim was reportedly uncooperative with police and would not tell officers what happened.
A third shooting occurred about 3:10 a.m. during a robbery in the 100 block of Persia Avenue in The City’s Excelsior neighborhood, police reported. Two male suspects reportedly approached two other men on the street and demanded money.
They attempted to defend themselves, but one of the suspects had a gun. One was shot and transported to a hospital with injuries that were life threatening, according to police. The other victim was uninjured, and the suspects were able to flee the scene.
There have been no reports of arrests in any of the shootings, police said.
— Staff and wire reports