Two shootings occur within three-hour period

Two men and two women riding in a white Toyota or Honda car are believed to be responsible for a Saturday evening shooting that killed a 31-year-old woman and injured a toddler and teenager on the Duboce Avenue exit off the San Francisco Central Freeway.

Police believe someone in the car fired numerous shots from a handgun at the victim’s silver Mazda MPV minivan, police Sgt. Neville Gittens said. The shooting happened about 7:15 p.m.

Milika Fields, a 2-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, all San Francisco residents, were injured by the gunfire and taken to San Francisco General Hospital where Fields later died, Gittens said. The 2-year-old boy’s twin brother was also in the minivan but was not injured in the shooting.

Fields managed to drive the minivan into the intersection of Otis and Duboce avenues, where she bumped the back of a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus. In the chaotic scene that followed, the suspected killers escaped.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined, police said.

“The suspect vehicle was occupied by two black females and two black males,” Gittens said.

The shooting was the second homicide to occur in The City within a three-hour period Saturday evening, but there was no evidence to suggest the incidents were related, Gittens said.

Around 5 p.m. Juan Rodriguez, a 34-year-old Daly City resident, was shot near Interstate Highway 280 at Huron Avenue and Laura Street, according to police. He was pronounced dead shortly before 5:30 p.m. at San Francisco General Hospital, police said.

Speaking in the Castro while campaigning Sunday, Mayor Gavin Newsom said The City is seeing more random killings than in the past. There have been a total of 45 homicides recorded so far in 2008.

“It’s a very difficult year for all of us to get our heads around,” Newsom said. “This year, it’s much more random in the context that there is no ability to really track or anticipate what’s going to happen next as it relates to some of these activities.”

The San Francisco Police Department is asking anyone with information about the shootings call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

Examiner Staff Writer John Upton contributed to this report.

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