Driver who killed 2 people while fleeing SF police ID'd

January 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
The driver who killed two innocent people while he was trying to get away from police has been identified as 19-year-old David Morales. Police say he's a member of the Nortenos street gang and has a long rap sheet.

Morales is accused of firing shots at three people at a public housing complex at 14th and Valencia streets Tuesday morning before getting into the deadly accident at South Van Ness and 21st Street. He faces two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder related to the drive-by shooting before the crash.

Video taken by a neighbor shows an injured Morales being arrested by police after he crashed into a white car. The passenger of that vehicle and a pedestrian were killed.

Officials now say Morales was trying to get away from police because they wanted to question him about a drive-by-shooting, reported several minutes before at a housing project nearby.

"What we have at this point is that he went to the housing development and that he confronted three victims and during that confrontation he produced a firearm and fired upon them," said Lt. Hector Sainez of the SFPD homicide detail.

Fortunately, those three people were not hurt. Lt. Sainez says Morales is a documented gang member, "When we arrested him we found a gun in his possession in the vehicle after the collision."

Surveillance video taken from inside a convenience store shows the white Toyota slamming into the front of the store on the corner of 21st Street and South Van Ness. The passenger, a 29-year-old woman, was killed. Also killed was 26 year-old Francisco Gutierrez who was walking past the store to catch the bus.

The victim's sister tells us it hurts, saying, "I saw him on the 31st and I will never again see him."

A friend told us Gutierrez is one of seven children in a close knit family. People in the predominately Spanish speaking neighborhood have started to bring "velas" candles to honor the victims.

"I felt for everybody," neighor Wanda Felix said. "Not only the people who got killed but also the young man who did it because, you know, he has to live the rest of his life knowing what he did."

Morales has left the hospital and is now at the county jail.

The driver of the white car is recovering. His condition was upgraded Wednesday from critical to serious.