Five killed in San Francisco Sunday
By Bren tBegin, Bay City News Service
August 28, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Five people died in San Francisco
Sunday as a result of three apparently unrelated shootings.
The latest incident, a double murder that ended in an officer-involved
shootout, occurred in the Bayview neighborhood around 10:10 p.m.,
on Flora Street between Thornton Avenue and Bay View Street.
Officers drove to the area just after a man executed a couple
while they sat in their car, according to police Sgt. Neville
Valerie Henderson, 50, of San Francisco, and an unidentified
man died on the spot and their car began to roll down the street.
The car then crashed into another parked vehicle where 34-year-old
Safalo Brown was waiting, Gittens said.
According to police, Brown was in the vehicle when the gunman,
identified as 33-year-old San Francisco resident Charles Breed,
killed the two victims. After the crash, Breed went over to help
Brown out of the vehicle and into his wheelchair just as police
Police said as Brown was fleeing in his wheelchair, Breed opened
fire on the arriving officers and a gun battle ensued. No officers
were injured as bullets riddled the side of a patrol car, but
Breed was struck and died at the scene.
Brown was taken into custody a short time later.
Police believe Brown had several ties with Breed and was directly
involved in the murder.
He now faces two counts of felony murder and one count of conspiracy.
Investigators already busy with two homicides earlier in the
day are working on a motive for the double killing.
The first murder Sunday took place just after 2:30 a.m. on San
Bruno Avenue and Burrows Street in the Silver Terrace neighborhood.
According to police Sgt. Steve Mannina, two people, a man and
a teenage boy were just leaving a friend's house in their car
when a small red car blocked them from the front.
A suspect got out of the car and opened fire on the two, killing
21-year-old San Francisco resident Robert Stanford and injuring
the unidentified juvenile.
Police are still investigating the homicide, as well as a fatal
shooting that occurred only a few hours later in the 700 block
of Missouri Street in Potrero Hill.
Mannina said the victim, Maurice Love, an 18-year-old Oakland
resident, was working on a car when a red Dodge pickup truck pulled
up. A suspect got out of the vehicle and fired on Love, who was
later pronounced dead.
Police are working to pull together suspect information on these
homicides. Anyone with information is urged to call the San Francisco
anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.
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