Tenderloin shootout victim identified

February 24, 2009 4:26:03 PM PST
San Francisco police are trying to unravel a tangled shooting incident in the Tenderloin District - one woman was killed and five other people were wounded.SIGN-UP: Get breaking news sent to you

Right now, the shooting incident is a mystery, without a motive, yet. It may have involved a getaway car that wound up on fire in the East Bay. San Francisco police say the drive-by shooting happened at Jones and Turk Street from a Mercedes SUV; an SUV similar to that was found in Oakland - it had been torched.

The woman killed in the shooting was identified by authorities Tuesday as 33-year old Letecia Hunter of Sacramento. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An eyewitness account suggests that this was not a random shooting.

"The window was rolled down, I saw an arm come out like this and he fired five times, I counted five times. I saw one lady fall and they were shooting into the back of her car," said Larry Murioka, eyewitness.

Murioka saw it all from his corner apartment he also said he saw the two victims from the first hail of bullets. He says he saw the SUV move forward after that and a gun man get out of the vehicle.

"First he came out in front of the van and then he unloaded on her, I know what her name was, and shot her at least three times, and she went straight down and didn't move," said Murioka.

It was shortly after that, a woman identifying herself as the dead woman's sister-in-law came upon the bloody scene.

"She was walking by, or whatever, and heard the gunshots trying to run for her life and all of sudden she got hit with one, but I don't know, it's just a sad day," said Lise Tulau, victim's sister-in-law.

The gunman fired off more shots as the SUV approached Jones Street; one of the shots tearing through the door of a car and exiting the rear window. In the back of the car was a child safety seat. The SUV took off across the Bay Bridge at speeds around 100 miles per hour.

A San Francisco police vehicle in pursuit crashed - no injuries reported. The SUV got away, about 1:30 am, a silver Mercedes SUV was found burning near 34th Street and Telegraph in Oakland. And not long after that, a man walked into nearby Kaiser Hospital with a bullet wound. Investigators have talked to the man - there have been no arrests yet.

Back at the scene of the shooting Louie Moreno found some evidence.

"I found a 9-millimeter shell casing right where you are standing," said Louie Moreno, San Francisco resident. Moreno lives just down the block.

"You hear about things, but when you see it and its going right by where you are - it's a shame - hopefully these people might wake up and stop hating - I don't know what the deal was," said Moreno.

Moreno gave me the casing, and I gave it to the police officers at their request. Perhaps more evidence will be found on the video taken by surveillance cameras that are at a number of locations near the scene of the shooting.

San Francisco police are waiting for homicide investigators to file their report and they are following up "1,600 leads" in the case.

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