Names released of men found near USF

August 15, 2008 12:46:19 AM PDT
The San Francisco medical examiner's office has released the names of two San Francisco men fatally shot this morning near the University of San Francisco.

Isiah Turner, 34, and Andre Helton, 18, were found shot to death at about 5:30 a.m. in a champagne-colored Mazda 626 parked on the street at 2445 Golden Gate Ave., police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

Police were called to the area on a report of a suspicious vehicle with people sleeping inside it, but when officers arrived, they found the two men dead in the car, Gittens said.

The street remained closed to traffic this morning as the investigation into the shootings continued, Gittens said.

The shootings have unsettled residents of the normally quiet, residential neighborhood, according to university officials.

"It's absolutely out of the ordinary and shocking to everybody around here, both the university and the neighbors," university spokesman Gary McDonald said.

McDonald said the sedan was parked in a marked parking spot on the street, between Chabot and Kittredge terraces near the school's academic campus, but that there was "no indication" the victims were connected to the university.

He said the school's summer session had just ended, and fall classes begin in about two weeks.

"It's a very quiet time on our campus," he said.

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