Toddler, two others shot in SF's Potrero Hill

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November 1, 2010 6:24:41 PM PDT
A little San Francisco girl could have been killed if it wasn't for the quick-thinking and courage of her grandfather. When bullets started to fly, he threw himself on top of her, and was shot in the process. Kaeloni Watkins, 3, was the youngest person hit by the gunfire. Two others were also hurt in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco on Halloween night.

Kaeloni's wound is not life threatening. A 20-year-old man who was standing nearby was also shot and police say they believe he was the intended target. His wounds are also not life threatening.

In shooting happened when Watkins and her mother, Teeka, were on their way home after trick or treating. The child's grandfather, Maurice Williamson, was waiting at home with more treats for her.

"Shots rang out. I got hit in the leg and then I fell and my daughter was screaming 'Where's the baby?' and the baby was jumping up and down, so I crawled over and grabbed her by the collar and snatched her and rolled her up under me and rolled over behind some cans and waited until the shots stopped firing," said Williamson.

Investigators tell ABC7 the shooters fired from an assault weapon and a handgun and they believe it was gang related.

Little Kaeloni was shot in the thigh. Williamson who was released from the hospital Monday morning, says she's going to make it. Regardless, the shooting has left the Potrero Hill neighborhood devastated and angry.

"I just don't understand why you're jeopardizing little kids. I'm starting to get a little teary eyed, you know," said Potrero Hill resident Reggie Kimble.

William Jones' kids were trick or treating with Kaeloni just before she was shot.

"She just got along with everybody and everybody loved her so," said Jones.

Jones' son, Antonio, knows a world no 9-year-old should know. He identified it was a drive-by.

This was not the only shooting on Halloween. There was one in the morning and another in the afternoon. All within a block of the one last night.

"Pop, pop, pop, pop...oh and I just hit, laid on the floor," said Potrero Hill resident Denise Johnson.

Johnson heard them all and so did Rosetta Mosby. In fact, a bullet went through Mosby's window and lodged on the wall.

"This is where my mom sits at so if she would have stood up to chase her grand kids around or whatever, that bullet could have accidentally hit my mom in the head," said Mosby.

The neighbors say it was like a war zone in that neighborhood on Sunday. Police believe it was all gang related and they would like to public's help in solving this case.

The suspect is described only as a black man between the ages of 18 and 25 wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the San Francisco Police Department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

Information can also be texted in using Text-A-Tip by sending tips to TEXT411 with "SFPD" in the message.