San Francisco police announced this afternoon that arrests have been made in the fatal shooting of a German tourist in the city’s theater district last August. Mechtild Schroeer, 50, of Minden, Germany, was shot at about 9 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2010, in the 400 block of Mason Street, near Union Square.Police said Schroeer was apparently caught in the crossfire of a shootout between two groups of people outside a private party on that block.She and her husband Stefan had been visiting the U.S. and were staying at a nearby hotel.
Two teens, a 15-year-old boy and a 19-year-old woman, both from San Francisco, were also hit by the gunfire but survived. Police said the three victims were not the intended targets.Officers detained five people who a taxicab driver saw fleeing the scene of the shooting, but released four of them pending further investigation. The fifth, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of murder, but prosecutors declined to file charges against him, saying there was not enough evidence to prove the case.
Police sent out a notice this afternoon saying arrests have been made in the case, but a police spokesperson was not immediately available to say whether they were the same people detained after the shooting.The Police Department has planned a 4:15 p.m. news conference at the San Francisco Hall of Justice to announce more details about the arrests.
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