A motorcyclist gunned down near the Bayview district Saturday evening was a former murder suspect and suspected gang member who walked free after the 2006 execution of a protected witness.
San Francisco’s medical examiner on Sunday identified the victim as Daniel Dennard, 23, of Oakland. Dennard, a defendant in The City’s 2007 injunction against the Oakdale Mob gang, was gunned down 1½ miles from the four-block safety zone.
Dennard’s death marks The City’s 58th homicide, keeping pace with last year, Williams said. It also ends a violent period for San Francisco. Prior to Dennard’s fatality, there had been four homicides in six days. In 2007, The City recorded a decade-high 98 homicides.
San Francisco police Sgt. Wilfred Williams said Dennard was on his motorcycle at Bayshore Boulevard and Industrial Street approximately 7:20 p.m. when a solo driver pulled up behind him. The gunman got out of the car and shot Dennard multiple times before speeding north on Bayshore Boulevard, Williams said. Dennard was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died.
There have been no arrests in the case and police declined to discuss any leads.
The killing occurred on the same street where Terrell Rollins was fatally shot in a body shop May 4, 2006. Rollins, who had returned to the neighborhood against the instructions of the District Attorney’s Office witness protection program, had beenscheduled to testify against Dennard in the 2005 murder of alleged Big Block gang member Arkelylius Collins.
Investigators at the time said that after allegedly shooting Collins from a car, Dennard walked up to where he lay on the sidewalk, stood over him and said, “I told you I was going to get you.” Rollins, a bystander, was injured by a stray bullet.
After Rollins’ killing, the case against Dennard fell apart and he was freed. He was arrested again in October 2007 in connection with two armed robberies in the Bayview and held on $1 million bail. The outcome of that case was not immediately known and a District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman did not return calls for comment.
On Sunday, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who has fought against the gang injunctions, pointed to studies indicating that gang injunctions simply move violence to nearby areas. But Matt Dorsey, spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, said his office heard anecdotal information from neighbors in the protected zones that crime has decreased.
San Francisco slayings in 2008
The City has recorded more than 50 homicides so far this year.
*As of July 20