Teenaged boy arrested in connection with Bernal Heights homicide, attempted robbery

A teenager was arrested in connection with the Dec. 14 homicide of 16-year-old Clifton Chatman, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said Friday.

Two people were shot that day in the Bernal Heights area, and police say the shootings happened during the course of an attempted robbery.

The intended robbery victim was walking in the 500 block of Alemany Boulevard near Ellsworth Street some time after 11 p.m. The victim was surrounded by a group of teenage boys, and one of the boys demanded the victim's cellphone. One of the boys pulled out a handgun while the others rifled through the victim's belongings.

Although the victim complied with suspect's demands, the boy with the gun shot the victim in the face, Newman said, but the shot glanced off his face and struck Chatman, who was reportedly one of the robbery suspects. Chatman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The robbery victim was taken to the hospital and survived his injuries, Newman said.

The 16-year-old suspect arrested Dec. 26 is charged with murder and attempted robbery. Because he is a juvenile, his name will not be released, police said.

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