Man Fatally Shot in S.F. Japantown

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Rafu Wire and Staff Reports

SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities have identified a 36-year-old man who was fatally shot near the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco.

The San Francisco medical examiner’s office on Dec. 29 identified the victim as David Gifford III of Modesto.

The crime scene on Post Street, across from the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. (NBC Bay Area)

The crime scene on Post Street, across from the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. (NBC Bay Area)

San Francisco police Sgt. Danielle Newman said Gilford was in a crowd of people coming out of a nightclub on the 1800 block of Post Street in the city’s Japantown neighborhood at about 1:45 a.m. when the shooting occurred.

Newman said Gilford was shot as he stood on the sidewalk. First responders performed CPR but Gifford was later pronounced dead at the scene.

It was unclear what business was involved. In an interview with The San Francisco Appeal, Newman said the SFPD “never releases the names of any establishments.” When told that there are no nightclubs on the 1800 block of Post, Newman responded that “there are establishments catering to nightlife in the area.”

Newman said investigators were canvassing the area, searching for any clues and witnesses. No arrests have been made.

Shootings are not common in Japantown, but on the night of Dec. 1 a man was shot in the hand at Post and Buchanan, a block away from the site of the latest incident. Police said the 32-year-old victim was approached by two male suspects who said something to him and one of the suspects fired three shots, hitting the victim once.

The suspects fled in a silver sedan and the victim was treated at a hospital, police said.

 

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