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* Blair Henderson fatal shooting in San Francisco may have been a robbery

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Victims of a quadruple shooting that left one man dead early Sunday morning in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood told paramedics responding to the scene that someone had tried to rob them, a fire department spokeswoman said today.Fire spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge also said paramedics heard shots fired as they helped a wounded person.”There was an attempted robbery, and while we were attending to one of the victims, they heard more gunfire,” Talmadge said.Talmadge said it is not known where the gunfire came from, and no other injuries were reported. She said it doesn’t appear the paramedics were the target.”Our people were not being shot at,” she said.The initial shooting, which happened at 2:30 a.m. in a Minna Street parking lot between First and Second streets, left 26-year-old Blair Henderson, of San Francisco, dead, and three others injured. One of the victims was released from the hospital Sunday.Two people remained hospitalized today, one in critical condition.Police are seeking witnesses to the shooting, which occurred in a busy nightclub district.”There are clubs in that area, and some of these individuals were apparently patrons at some of these clubs,” homicide Inspector Antonio Casillas said.”We need people who were there, who know the people involved” to come forward, he said.No arrests have been made.Casillas declined to comment on a possible motive for the shooting, which he said was preceded by an “altercation.””We have a wealth of information, but information in and of itself does not amount to evidence,” he said.Police are also investigating whether the shooting was gang-related.The incident is the latest in a recent wave of violence at or near San Francisco nightclubs. Some city leaders have criticized the city’s Entertainment Commission for not taking a more proactive role in enforcement.Police spokesman Officer Boaz Mariles said today that club owners and promoters also have to take responsibility.”We need the clubs to take more accountability for their patrons after closing,” Mariles said.”They need to disperse the crowds, they need to ensure the crowds aren’t loitering and creating a public nuisance to the surrounding communities,” he said. “It’s just good business, being a good neighbor and conducting good business. Because realistically, who’s going to come to an unsafe club?””The department looks forward to working with the club owners and promoters, in ways to ensure the safety of the club’s patrons, even after closing time,” Mariles said.

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  • I am the younger sister of Blair Henderson. His death being labeled as “another night club shooting” is injust and wrong. Have you guys taken the time to think about all the people who are mourning his death? He JUST died, and even though the publicity has helped us reach out to his family and friends, it’s still all too much. This isn’t just “another night club shooting”. This is a shooting that has happened on the streets of San Francisco, and most likely a death to an illegal possession of a gun. We need to stop linking these murders to night clubs, and work on getting guns, off the streets, and out of the hands of evil entities.

    I love and miss my brother dearly.
    Rip Blair.

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