Tenderloin fatal shooting result of a shootout
By Lara Moscrip and Emmett Berg, Bay City News
April 15, 2007
San Francisco police released more information today about an
early morning shooting
in the Tenderloin neighborhood that left one woman dead and
injured four other people.
In that attack, Sgt. Neville Gittens said that an as-yet-unknown
person initiated the gunfire, which prompted a wheelchair-bound
man to return shots. As a result of the ensuing shootout, a woman
was killed and among the four injured, a 23-year-old woman suffered
life threatening injuries.
According to Gittens, 32-year-old Walter Simon, a Richmond resident,
was booked on one count of homicide and three counts of assault
with a deadly weapon. The attack took place in the 300 block of
Ellis Street around 12:03 a.m. According to Gittens, police believe
Simon is responsible for three counts of assault with a deadly
weapon and one count of homicide.
Police do not know who was responsible for the other victim of
the gunfire. According to Sgt. Steve Mannina, Simon was in a wheelchair
when the shootings occurred. Police also took into custody a gun
that they believe was used in the attack.
Officers working at the Tenderloin station heard shots shortly
after midnight and ran to the scene of the attack in the 300 block
of Ellis Street. They found five people shot and were able to
take Simon into custody. Of the shooting victims, a 54-year-old
woman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where she died
of her injuries. Her name has not been released by the San Francisco
medical examiner's office pending the notification of her family.
A 23-year-old woman from Richmond suffered life-threatening injuries
and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, Mannina said.
The rest of the victims, a 50-year old man from Oakland, a 44-year-old
man from San Francisco and a 25-year-old man whose residence is
unknown were all taken to San Francisco General Hospital. They
are expected to survive, according to Mannina.
In an unrelated incident, a man who was shot in the arm and abdomen
around 4:19 p.m. Friday in the Tenderloin neighborhood later died
in a hospital. The attack took place at Golden Gate and Hyde streets,
according to Gittens.
Gittens reported earlier that a suspect in that fatal shooting
was taken into custody, but as of today, there have been no arrests
in connection to the specific charge of homicide. Several juveniles
were arrested in connection to the attack, but none of the juveniles
has been linked to the homicide, Gittens said.
Copyright © 2007 by Bay City News, Inc. -- Republication,
Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent
of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.