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The victim of a mid-August shooting in the Mission District succumbed to his wounds, and an investigation has found that the weapon used in the incident was stolen from a San Francisco Police officer’s car, CBS San Francisco reports.

Police confirmed the report in a statement today. “During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the weapon used in the homicide was a personal firearm registered to a San Francisco Police officer that was stolen from his personal vehicle on Aug. 12, 2017.”

The Police Officers Association, a union representing San Francisco officers, told CBS the officer didn’t realize his car had been broken into.

The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. on Aug. 15, and police reported that the man was standing at 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue when he was shot by a suspect for whom, at the time, no description was available.

Police have since identified the victim as 23-year-old Abel Enrique Esquivel, Jr.

In a statement released today, police said that on Monday at 4:50 p.m. they arrested 18-year-old Erick Garcia Pineda and 24-year-old Jesus Perez-Araujo, at 16th Street and Mission streets.

“Pineda was booked into San Francisco County jail on charges of homicide, multiple counts of robbery, conspiracy, burglary and attempted murder. Perez-Araujo was booked on multiple counts of robbery, burglary, and conspiracy,” police said in a statement. Both are San Francisco residents.

Police also took 18-year-old Daniel Cruz of San Francisco into custody at 4 p.m. Tuesday on Mission at 22nd Street. “Cruz was booked into SF County Jail on homicide, conspiracy, robbery and possession of stolen property charges,” according to the statement.

Police said that the investigation found that Pineda, Perez-Araujo and Cruz “were responsible for several robberies that occurred in the Mission District between August 13th and August 15th.”

The three are also suspects in an aggravated assault that occurred at approximately 2:17a.m. on Mission between 22nd and 23rd streets, according to police.

We will update this post if more information becomes available.

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8 Comments

  1. Name and shame the officer. Should be fired, no pension (oh, wait…gov’t employee union…it’ll never happen). Instead, will probably become your next supervisor or assemblyman.

    1. Yes, the officer messed up by not taking extra precautions to lock up the gun so he should be reprimanded in some way. Not fired and not paraded naked through town like Cersi Lanaster. what is wrong with you? Attacking the victim of the crime instead of demonizing a criminal that murders people shows you are morally bankrupt.

      I hope you don’t reproduce.

  2. I would really appreciate it if Mission Local could do a long article or series on the loss of this young man–who he was, what the community and his family lost. The news writes off the killing as “gang related,” but Abel wasn’t in a gang. There is a complete video of the incident–don’t know of media can get a hold of it–and it clearly shows it was a one-sided gang incident. Maybe a second article could be about gang activities in the Mission and how gentrification exacerbates the situation. I know the fact that the murder weapon was a gun stolen from a cop’s car because it wasn’t properly secured is interesting but it shouldn’t obscure the life of a young man who was a positive force in his community.

  3. David Campos office with supervisor Hilary Ronen authored law with harsh penalties for this type of negligence

  4. Abel was killed by an undocumented alien is what the news agencies are reporting. If the alleged shooter was deported for the previous crimes he had committed in our community, then would Abel still be alive today? Such a senseless murder or a young man.

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