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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Kenneth Harding Had Gunshot Residue on His Hand, Police Say

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 4:15 PM

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More evidence emerged today that police say confirms 19-year-old Kenneth Harding had been firing his gun at the cops before officers shot and killed him Saturday afternoon.

Police say that gunshot residue was found on Harding's right hand, which supports witness statements that Harding had held the gun in his right hand and fired at police over his shoulder while running away from them.

According to police:

The presence of GSR [gunshot residue] on an individual's hand indicates that either the

individual fired a gun, the individual was in close proximity to a gun

as it was discharged or that the individual touched a gun or other

object with GSR on its surface and particles were transferred to his or

her hands.

No gunshot residue was located on Harding's left hand, police said.

"He was shooting indiscriminately, more than one time," Police Chief Greg Suhr a  told reporters after the shooting this week.

"He fired at them, they fired back. That is what officers are going to

do. If you fire at the police, they are going to shoot back."

Harding, a parolee who was a person of interest in a Seattle homicide last week, was on the Third Street light rail platform when officers conducted a quick fare inspection. Police say Harding ran away from them and then started firing shot as he ran toward Mendell Plaza. Officers began shooting back; there were 10 shots fired in six seconds.

Harding died at San Francisco General Hospital.

The pistol Harding had used was mysteriously removed from the scene. However, police later located it at another parolee's home.

Meanwhile, tension has been growing in the Bayview community, where residents have said the shooting was racially motivated. Suhr is hosting a town hall meeting tomorrow evening at the Bayview Opera House at 6.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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