San Francisco murder victim worked with youth groups
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
June 21, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A man shot and killed in a deliberate
attack Tuesday night in San Francisco's Mission District had spent
years crusading against violence in his community.
Andrew Ele, 22, was waiting at a bus stop with his younger brother
just after 11 p.m. when an unidentified man opened fire on the
two. The attack happened on the bustling intersection of 24th
and Folsom streets.
Ele suffered a bullet wound to the head and was pronounced dead
shortly after at San Francisco General Hospital. His brother,
younger by one year, took at least one bullet wound to the chest
and is expected to survive, according to police Sgt. Neville Gittens.
Ele worked with several community groups throughout the Bay Area,
according to NTanya Lee, executive director of Coleman Advocates
for Children and Youth, a community organization that advocates
for family services in San Francisco.
"He was a devoted music lover and dedicated young leader
who worked or volunteered with youth organizations throughout
the Bay Area for many years," said Lee. "Coleman Advocates
worked with Andrew for the last seven years and we know his commitment
to social justice for young people and to peace in our communities
Lee said Ele's family is planning to release a written statement
According to Gittens, the murder was a targeted attack on the
two brothers. They were waiting at the bus stop on the northwest
corner of the intersection when a thin black man, about 5 feet
7 inches tall, walked into the middle of the street and fired
eight to 10 rounds at the two victims.
The suspect then ran around the corner and jumped into the passenger
side of a white Mazda MPV. The minivan took off immediately and
police are positive there is at least one other suspect involved,
Police have no suspects in custody for this case or in any of
the other three shootings that occurred in a night marred by gun
One man was shot in the back at 10:10 p.m. in the 300 block of
Head Street when at least 10 rounds were fired from a black sports
Another man was shot in the leg in the 500 block of Crescent
Ave around 10:50, and a third victim was shot in the leg at the
intersection of Eddy and Buchanan streets around 12:30 a.m.
Anyone with information on any of the four incidents are urged
to contact the San Francisco Police Department's anonymous tip
line at (415) 575-4444.
"We're doing what we can with our limited resources,"
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