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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Castro Shooting Rampage Leaves Stephen Powell Dead; Homicide No. 24

Posted By on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 1:11 PM

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Police are emphasizing that yesterday's barrage of gunfire in the Castro that left 19-year-old Stephen Powell dead, two others wounded, and scattered hundreds of Gay Pride revelers was not a homophobic hate crime. It was, apparently, the far more socially acceptable scenario of killing one's acquaintance while spraying a crowd with potentially lethal projectiles. 

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Police believe the 19-year-old black male alleged shooter they arrested knew Powell (also a black male); a handgun was also recovered. A 19-year-old woman and 29-year-old man were also wounded in the attack. They are expected to survive; police tell SF Weekly they believe the as-yet unidentified shooter knew at least one of them, too.

Powell is the 24th homicide victim in the city so far this year and the first since 17-year-old William Huertas was shot in the head in his Turk Street home on June 13.

Oddly, this is the second time this year a young man named Stephen Powell has been murdered in San Francisco; on April 17 a Berkeley man by that name was found shot dead in Bayview-Hunters Point.

This story has been updated since its original publication.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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