San Francisco 2007 murder count: 19
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By Brigid Gaffikin and Brent Begin, Bay City
February 23, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - With 19 murders in San Francisco
this year, the city has seen more than twice as many homicides
as the same time last year, Sgt. Steve Mannina said.
In addition, the 2007 murder count is significantly higher that
of the same period in 2005. At this time in 2006 there had been
nine murders and at the same time in 2005, 12 murders, Mannina
Investigators are treating the death of a man found in a Haight-Ashbury
apartment early Monday morning as a suspicious death, not a homicide,
Joshua Glasser, 26, was found dead in an apartment in the 1900
block of Page Street by the unit's resident, who had been out
of town and who tripped over Glasser's body as he came home, Mannina
The recent rash of homicides doesn't set a pattern for the rest
of the year, according to Mannina.
The rate of murders "runs in waves and we may have three
in one week and a month without one," he said.
While "the majority of these homicides seem to be spontaneous
acts following a verbal dispute," many of the victims in
recent murders were specifically targeted, he said. Many of the
homicides are the result of gang- or drug-related violence, he
said. Other homicides this year have been domestic violence murder-suicide
cases, he said.
Police continue to work proactively to remove what Mannina said
appears to be more guns on the street and in January confiscated
some 33 guns, he said.
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