Verbal altercation spurred shooting

A 39-year-old man was fatally shot near Glen Park on Tuesday night, marking the 61st homicide this year in San Francisco and the third in one week.

Louis Diaz, a San Francisco resident, was killed about 6:30 p.m. on the 800 block of Chenery Street, San Francisco police Sgt. Wilfred Williams said.

Diaz was shot multiple times from a close range after getting into a verbal argument with the suspect, Williams said. After shooting Diaz, the suspect, who is described as a white or Hispanic man in his 20s, then fled on foot, Williams said.

The man has not been arrested, and Williams said he did not know if any witnesses were being questioned about the incident. The case is under investigation.

Diaz’s slaying occurred just two days after 39-year-old Warren Foster Jr. was found with gunshot wounds on Paul Avenue early Sunday morning. Foster was transferred to San Francisco General Hospital, but he died from his injuries while in care.

Three days before Foster’s killing, 14-year-old Ivan Miranda was stabbed to death by what police said were several suspects in the Excelsior district. Miranda, a sophomore at Mission High School, is The City’s youngest homicide victim of 2008 so far.

Before Miranda was killed, there had not been a homicide committed in San Francisco in 11 days, the third-longest stretch between deaths this year.

Despite the recent flurry of killings, San Francisco no longer is on pace to match last year’s homicide tally. In 2007, when The City recorded a decade-high 98 homicides, there were 67 killings at the same time of the year, Williams said.

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City killings by the numbers

San Francisco homicides in 2008, organized by district

  • District 1: 1
  • District 2: 1
  • District 3: 1
  • District 4: 4
  • District 5: 1
  • District 6: 11
  • District 7: 0
  • District 8: 1
  • District 9: 7
  • District 10: 21
  • District 11: 13

Total: 61

Source: SFPD

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