San Francisco supervisors address spike
in deadly gun violence
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
February 13, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Two San Francisco supervisors addressed
a recent spike in gun violence before the Board today, dedicating
the meeting to three recent homicide victims.
Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval read a statement today mourning the
loss of Jennifer Merritt, who was mysteriously shot in the back
of the head two weeks ago as she rode her bike in the Ingleside
Sandoval said many people were "touched by her life and
passion," and she was a "smart, witty and beautiful"
Police said they are baffled by the murder, which occurred Jan.
31 around 6 a.m. Merritt, a native San Franciscan, loved to roller-skate
at Golden Gate Park and was an avid outdoorswoman, according to
Sandoval. She died Sunday.
Minutes after Sandoval read his statement, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
acknowledged two more homicide victims who lost their lives over
Mirkarimi said he did not sleep over the weekend in which there
were six shootings in the Western Addition, resulting in the death
of two men, Tony McDougal, 33, and Anthony Hunter, 24.
In the midst of the weekend's bloodshed, a 13-year-old girl was
shot in the back and another man received a life-threatening wound.
Authorities immediately announced that they would send specialized
units, investigators and sheriff's deputies to the area, but Mirkarimi
said today that wasn't enough.
He said that murders in his district are a larger problem for
the entire city, and he suggested looking into sending officers
from the Police Department's airport division into the city to
help combat crime.
There have been 16 homicides in San Francisco in 2007.
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