Tenderloin shooting investigation continues

February 24, 2009 10:34:44 PM PST
One of five people shot Monday night in San Francisco's Tenderloin District would only tell ABC7 her first name - Nikole. She was wounded in the ankle, her close friend, 33-year-old Leticia Hunter, was killed.

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"We were just innocent bystanders, standing right there," Nikole said.

Larry Marioka did not want to show his face. He lives across the street from the shooting site and saw the Mercedes SUV pulled up to the corner of Turk and Taylor streets.

"Guy stuck his hand out the window and I saw a gun and then about five shots went off," Marioka said.

The shooter got out of the car and chased Hunter down the street.

"He shot her at least three times, she went straight down and didn't move," Marioka said.

Police say the Mercedes left the city, crossing the Bay Bridge at speeds of more than 100 miles an hour.

San Francisco police cars followed but lost the SUV in Oakland. Oakland police later found a burned out Mercedes and investigators believe it is the suspect's car.

Tuesday, police saturated the Tenderloin, talking to witnesses and checking nearby security cameras.

Police sources tell ABC7, they believe the shooting was drug related.

The Tenderloin has become a magnet for dealers and addicts not only from other parts of the city but from Oakland.

Police and those ABC7 spoke to on the street knew Hunter as "Trisha." They say she was addicted to drugs. Investigators are trying to determine if she was a target or shot accidentally.

A reliable police source tells ABC7, a woman went to Kaiser Hospital in Oakland late last night with stab wounds. Investigators believe she is somehow related to the crime and are trying to determine just what her role was.

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