Crash, shooting victim had gang past, police
By Tamara Barak and Lara Moscrip
May 29, 2007
A man who died following a shooting and vehicle crash in San
Francisco's Sunset District on Monday morning was once a suspected
leader of a notorious Chinatown gang, police confirmed this morning.
It remains unclear today whether Simon Ruan, 32, died due to
the shots that were fired at his vehicle or due to injuries he
suffered in the resulting crash, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville
The San Francisco medical examiner's office reported this morning
that Ruan's body has not yet been examined.
Gittens said he didn't know whether Ruan, who was a Pittsburg
resident at the time of his death, was still a gang member. In
the late 1990s, police considered Ruan a major player in the Jackson
Street Boys, a gang with a history of alleged violence and extortion.
While the Police Department's gang task force has been advised
of Ruan's death, there is no evidence that the shooting was gang-related,
"It could have been road rage," Gittens said.
Police believe the incident began at 1:55 a.m. Monday at a stop
sign in the 1300 block of Funston Avenue. Ruan and his female
passenger were sitting in a car when a vehicle pulled up next
to them and someone began shooting, police reported. Ruan sped
away and crashed, flipping his vehicle and becoming partially
ejected, police reported. He was pronounced dead about a half
an hour later, authorities said.
Ruan's passenger was hospitalized in stable condition after the
crash and is expected to survive, police reported.
Police have made no arrests in the case, Gittens said.
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