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Monday, July 18, 2011

Kenneth Harding Update: Ten Shots Fired in Six Seconds in Bayview Shooting

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

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SFPD released a map today which shows the 10 shots fired in yesterday's Bayview shooting, where police officers shot and killed 19-year-old Kenneth Harding.

Harding, who was chased by SFPD officers after he dodged paying his Muni fare, allegedly fired shots at police, who then retaliated with a barrage of bullets. 

The map was put together by Shot Spotter, a series of microphones that SFPD has planted around the city, allowing police to pinpoint the locations of loud noises, particularly in shooting incidents. While the technology is not precise enough to identify individual weapons, police say the information will help them reconstruct what happened during the shooting Saturday afternoon.

At a press conference today, Chief Greg Suhr played the audio file from Shot Spotter for reporters. The first shot, supposedly from the suspect, was fairly soft sounding, which is indicative of a lower-caliber firearm. The shot is then followed by a rapid barrage of shots. A total of 10 shots were recorded in less than six seconds, according to the audio.

Police have also recovered the pistol that they believe Harding used to fire at police. The gun was found at another parolee's house in the Bayview hours after the shooting.

Meanwhile, tension is rising in the neighborhood, with angry activists evoking the names of Charles Hill and Oscar Grant -- both of whom were shot and killed by BART police. Grant was killed on New Year's Day in 2009, while Hill was shot on July 3 at the Civic Center BART station in San Francisco.

Police have said that Harding was a parolee who had been a person of interest in the shooting death of Tanaya Gilbert, a 19-year-old pregnant woman, last week in Seattle.

Suhr, who was recently appointed chief, said he would hold a community meeting to discuss Saturday's officer-involved shooting. The town hall will be at the Bayview Opera House Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Bystanders continued to post graphic videos of the shooting online. The video below captures the aftermath of the shooting; the chaos and strong reactions of Bayview residents who were in the area at the time of the shooting.

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