San Francisco Police evaluating flood of gun
By Brent Begin and Matt Wynkoop, Bay City News
February 21, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco police said today
they have been doing their best to bring to an end a series of
shootings that has added to a rapidly increasing murder count
in the city.
In 2007, the San Francisco homicide detail has picked up 20 new
cases - a number that doesn't include a triple homicide that occurred
in the Bayview district on Dec. 30. At the current murder rate
the city would see around 120 homicides this year.
"Homicide trends are not predictable," police spokesman
Sgt. Steve Mannina said today.
"There could be a long period when a homicide does not occur.
It's important to understand that the Police Department constantly
evaluates homicide trends and deploys resources accordingly, doing
what it can to stem the violence."
Police said they have instituted several measures in neighborhoods
that have been hit the hardest. Special investigators and violence
reduction squads are often sent out during times of peak activity,
according to Mannina.
For example, extra police patrols were deployed in the area of
the Ocean View Recreation Center Tuesday night in an effort to
prevent recent violence in the Ingleside district from continuing,
according to night police Capt. Al Casciato.
But the increased presence did not prevent the city's latest
homicide, at Broad Street and Capitol Avenue. Marvin Evans, a
34-year-old San Francisco resident, was shot to death and found
at approximately 12:05 this morning.
Only about an hour earlier, at around 11 p.m., a man was seriously
injured after being shot near the intersection of Arch and Shields
streets, Casciato said.
Another man remains in critical condition this morning following
a shooting around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning near the intersection
of 19th Avenue and Byxbee Street.
Just hours later, shots rang out in the 400 block of Alemany
Boulevard at around 2:50 a.m. Monday, injuring one man.
Increased patrols in the Ingleside neighborhood are likely to
continue today, and a continued presence in the city's Western
Addition, where two homicides and several shootings alarmed the
community last week, is expected to continue as well, according
This week's violence comes on the heels of two murders over the
holiday weekend, in which a man and a woman were shot to death
in apparently unrelated incidents in the Bayview district. Mannina
said the Bayview station is constantly staffed with a relatively
large amount of officers and special patrols.
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