3 arrested for Tenderloin shooting

March 17, 2009 1:58:55 PM PDT
Police arrested three suspects in Oakland over the weekend for a shooting in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on Feb. 23 that left a woman dead and five others injured.

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Arrested Saturday afternoon were Javon Fee, 28, of Oakland; Rorico Reyna, 31, of Hayward; and Barbara Barnes, 24, of San Francisco, San Francisco police and sheriff's officials said today.

They were each booked on one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder, and held on $2 million bail, according to police.

Witnesses said a group of people drove up to the intersection of Turk and Taylor streets in a late-model Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle and, after a brief argument with another group standing on the sidewalk, fired into the crowd, striking six people.

Leticia Hunter, 33, of Sacramento, was one of those struck by gunfire and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other five were hospitalized.

The SUV sped off after the shooting and was chased by San Francisco police onto the Bay Bridge, but police ended the pursuit because they felt the SUV's speed and the recklessness of the driver presented a danger to the public, police said.

The SUV was later found abandoned and aflame at the intersection of 34th Street and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.

Initial reports from Oakland police over the weekend indicated the suspects were arrested at about 4:35 p.m. in the 1700 block of 26th Avenue.

Oakland police reported that the suspects were found with a large amount of crack cocaine and a firearm.

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