Two men found fatally shot in car near USF

Administrators and students from the University of San Francisco expressed shock and disbelief at the discovery Thursday morning of two men fatally shot in a car parked on a street bounding the school’s campus.

A bystander called police at approximately 5 a.m. on Thursday, to report three men sleeping in a beige Mazda 626 at 2245 Golden Gate Ave. with the car still running, Sgt. Neville Gittens, of the San Francisco Police Department, said.

When police arrived, they found two men in the car — identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner as Isiah Turner, 34, of San Francisco and Andre Helton, 18, of San Francisco — both dead from fatal gun shot wounds, Gittens said. The car was parked directly in front of a science laboratory at the university.

The two killings are the 63rd and 64th homicides of this year, and the second and third this week. On Monday night, 30-year-old Orlando Martin-Camas was fatally shot on McAllister Street, just two blocks from City Hall. In 2007, when The City recorded a decade-high 98 homicides, there were 67 killings at the same time of the year, police said.

Gary McDonald, university spokesman, said preliminary indications show that the two victims were not students at the school, which has a total enrollment of roughly 8,500 students.

“To have something like this happen here is extraordinary,” said McDonald.

No one from the school’s faculty reported hearing any gunshots or seeing any suspicious behavior, he said.

The university is still on summer break. The upcoming school year starts Aug. 28, so there is little to no activity on campus, McDonald said.

Stephen Gotfredson, an enrollee in the school’s graduate theology department and one of the few students on campus, said he normally feels very safe in the surrounding streets of USF.

“I think one of the selling points of the school is that it’s located in a real quiet neighborhood,” Gotfredson said.  “This is definitely a shock.”

USF sent out an e-mail to all its students, assuring them that the school was increasing the amount of public safety officers on duty.

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