Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Police update suspect descriptions in Pride shooting

The San Francisco Police Department has released more detailed descriptions of the two men suspected in the shooting at the city’s LGBT Pride festival Sunday, June 30. Two Pride vendors sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Police are describing the first suspect, the man who had the handgun, as a black male between the ages of 20 and 28, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing approximately 130 pounds. His hair was in corn rows and he was last seen wearing a white tank top and dark baggie shorts.

The second suspect, who accompanied the other suspect during the incident, is described as a black male in his early 20’s wearing a baggie white T-shirt.

In the news release issued Wednesday (July 3), police said the incident started when several people became involved in an altercation at the intersection of Larkin and Grove Streets. 

“One of the subjects involved in the altercation pulled out a handgun and fired it several times,” police said. No surveillance video or photographs are available yet.

The two victims, who were working at the Tropicana Hotel booth, were transported to San Francisco General Hospital. One man was released Sunday night, and police indicated the other man has been released, as well.  Swirl Radio is raising funds to help the victims.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Sergeant Sullivan or Sergeant Thorp at the SFPD’s Northern Station at (415) 614-3400 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. People may also text a tip to TIP411. Type SFPD in the subject line. The incident number is 130 538 060.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 3, 2013 @ 3:57 pm PST
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After hedging, lesbian senator supports trans students bill

State Senator Cathleen Galgiani

State Senator Cathleen Galgiani

After some hedging, State Senator Cathleen Galgiani, (D-Stockton), an out lesbian, Wednesday (July 3) voted for Assembly Bill 1266, gay Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s (D-San Francisco) measure designed to ensure that transgender students have equal and full access to programs and facilities on the basis of their gender identity.

Thomas Lawson, Galgiani’s deputy chief of staff, said early Wednesday afternoon “I don’t think we’ve ascertained” how she’ll vote on the bill. “We’re still looking at the bill” and “she hasn’t chosen a side at this point,” he said.

After she voted for AB 1266, Lawson said he didn’t know if there was anything specific that finally led to her decision, but “I think she felt like it was an appropriate time to support the bill.”

The bill will now head to Governor Jerry Brown.

Asked about the prospects of Brown signing the bill into law, Ammiano spokesman Carlos Alcala said, “We don’t know. It’s a step-by-step process the way we approach things. The governor is now the next step, and we have to start looking at that. He doesn’t often tip his hand. We’ll have to see if we can have some discussions between our staff and his staff and see if we can find out where he’s leaning, but we might not know until he signs it or vetoes it, and that’s frequently the case.”

Before Wednesday’s vote, Lawson said he didn’t think Galgiani was worried about how voters in her district, which has a reputation for being conservative, might react if she voted in favor of a bill supportive of transgender students.

“She’s a member of the LGBT community, and residents of District 5 knew that when they elected her to the state Senate,” Lawson said. “… She wants to make sure she’s doing her job as a state senator.”

The vote was 21-9, with eight senators not voting.


— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 1:15 pm PST
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Swirl Radio raising funds for Pride shooting victims

Swirl Radio is helping to raise funds for the two shooting victims at this weekend’s San Francisco LGBT Pride festival.

According to the San Francisco Police Department, at about 6:35 p.m. Sunday, June 30, just after the Pride party officially ended, a man fired into a crowd near Larkin and Grove streets.

Two men, so far identified only as Eric and Trevor, were working at the Tropicana Hotel booth when they were hit. Both were taken to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries to their legs. Police said it wasn’t known if the exhibitors were the intended targets. The suspect, described only as a black male of unknown age wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, hasn’t been arrested.

Len Broberg, an out gay SFPD inspector who’s friends with the victims, has asked the community to support the men, according to Swirl.

Eric has a flesh wound and was released from the hospital Sunday night, according to Broberg. Trevor suffered a shattered femur and remained hospitalized.

“Trevor’s parents have arrived and will be here with him until he is released,” a notice from Swirl says. “Any money raised will go towards expenses here and any future bills.”

In a Facebook post, Broberg pointed to other violent incidents that have occurred in recent Pride weekends and said, “Why do we tolerate this? Why do we allow this to occur? Year after year it continues without being addressed.”

Anyone with information in the incident is encouraged to call the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411. Place SFPD in the subject line. The incident number is 130 538 060.

More coverage of the shooting will be available on the Bay Area Reporter’s website by 9 tonight (Tuesday, July 2) and there’s also a story in the print edition, which will be out Wednesday, July 3. (The paper is coming out early this week because of the July 4 holiday.)


— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 2, 2013 @ 5:04 pm PST
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