Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a Saturday night shooting in the Fillmore that killed one person and injured at least five others, police said Monday.
Jamare Coats, 26, and Sean Harrison, 25, were arrested in connection with the shooting outside the Fillmore Heritage Center after Coats drove Harrison to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, according to authorities.
Police found four men, including 25-year-old Mister Dee Carnell Simmons III, suffering from gunshot wounds near Fillmore and Eddy streets at 8:40 p.m. Simmons was pronounced dead at the scene.
An ambulance transported the others to the hospital, where a 27-year-old man remains in life-threatening condition. A 19-year-old man from Westminster, Calif. and a 51-year-old man from San Francisco were expected to survive as of Monday morning, according to police.
Two other victims, a 51-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, were taken to the hospital by private vehicles. Both are expected to survive.
On Monday morning, a street cleaner power washed the sidewalk outside the Fillmore Heritage Center where people had laid bouquets of flowers and a gospel music record, presumably to honor the victims.
At the time of the shooting, the Fillmore Heritage Center was hosting a funeral reception for music entrepreneur and local businessman Ron Newt, who was known for his self-published memoirs detailing his rise to become a “drug kingpin,” before dedicating his life to managing his son’s music group “The Newtons,” according to his obituary.
But Majeid Crawford, co-manager of the center, said the violence was unrelated to Newt’s funeral reception and the victims did not attend the ceremony.
Crawford, who was managing the center on the night of the reception, said at least 100 attendants remained in the building when he heard approximately ten gunshots outside.
Crawford stepped outside to find that police had already arrived, and then ushered reception attendees, who he says were primarily senior citizens, back into the center before beginning their evacuation procedures.
“It was a beautiful event, people were dancing to oldies, and afterwards everyone was in total shock and confusion,” said Crawford. “People were scared because they didn’t know what happened.”
The killing outside of a funeral was an awful coincidence, Crawford said, but not uncommon in a neighborhood that has a long history with violence.
“Everywhere I go in my community, there is death, even in front of this place of healing and peace,” Crawford said.
A community meeting to discuss the shooting will be held at the Fillmore Heritage Center Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Coats and Harrison are being held at County Jail. It’s unclear whether they were also injured in the shooting.
Coats was booked on suspicion of murder, carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to jail records. He was also booked on a felony warrant.
Harrison was booked on suspicion of murder and carrying a loaded firearm.