San Francisco police today asked for the public’s help in locating a group of suspects believed to have shot and killed a young Richmond man in the city’s South of Market district on April 18 in what police have called a “senseless” and “brutal” crime. James Turner, 23, was a college student who had never had any trouble with the law, according to police. He had merely come into San
Francisco with friends to enjoy a local nightclub, but was chased and gunned down early that Saturday morning after leaving the club at closing time, police said. In addition to school, Turner had been working full time, and his family and friends knew him as “a happy and gregarious young man who avoided trouble,” police said. Turner was found shot several times near Third and Folsom streets at about 2 a.m. He had just left a club in the 700 block of Harrison Street. Police said three young men had been harassing people and threatening them with a gun near Third and Harrison streets at the time. Turner was walking through the area when the men turned their attention to him, police said. The men chased him down Third Street to Folsom Street, where he was shot. Turner ran across Third Street and collapsed on the sidewalk. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, but was pronounced dead soon after. The suspects were described as three men, all 22 to 25 years of age. Though some witnesses have come forward, police said they believe there are others who may be able to provide further information “to help in the investigation of this senseless, brutal murder.” Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 if you have any information.
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