Two dead in five S.F. weekend shootings

A Bayview killing in broad daylight and an early-morning slaying outside a China Basin nightclub were just two of at least five apparently unrelated shootings in a violent 12-hour span this weekend in San Francisco.

The two homicide victims remain unidentified, the latest of whom was gunned down in the Bayview district about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said the victim, possibly a juvenile, was gunned down on the unit block of Rosie Lee Lane.

The first homicide victim, a 34-year-old man, was shot as he stood with a group outside Jelly’s, a cafe and live music venue located at 295 Terry A. Francois Blvd. Police said the man was shot three times; he died at San Francisco General Hospital hours later.

The club’s owner, Clarice Lacau, said the group was standing across the street, closer to the Cirque de Soleil circus tent than to Jelly’s, when the shooting occurred. She said police are currently looking over security footage captured inside the bar area to see if the homicide was the result of an earlier dispute.

“The night manager left a report and said everything ran smoothly Saturday night,” Lacau said, adding that there are other bars near AT&T Park.

With a spike in 2007 in nightlife-related homicides and violent crime, police have been looking for solutions from several different local and state agencies, as well as nightclub owners. Police have already held two private meetings with about 30 bar owners from SoMa and North Beach, and a “nightlife safety summit” is scheduled to take place within the month.

Three others were injured in gunfire Saturday night and early Sunday morning, according to police. The first shooting was reported at about 9 p.m. near the intersection of Webster and Fulton streets. One victim was transported with wounds that were not life-threatening. Police did not make any arrests.

About 1:10 a.m. Sunday near Union Square, emergency workers responded to another shooting. Police found the victim with wounds that were not life-threatening on the unit block of Campton Place. Fifty minutes later, at the intersection of Mission and 29th streets, another shooting sent a victim to the hospital. Police made no arrests in either shooting.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Sunday released the name of The City’s first homicide victim of the year, a man who was long considered a John Doe. Marcus Peppars, a 26-year-old San Francisco resident, was walking near Ninth and Folsom streets just before 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day when he was shot in the face, according to police.

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