San Francisco Shooting at Jewelry Store Leaves Two Women Dead and One Critically Wounded; Shooter Identified; Robbery Was Not the Motive (Video)
By Staff Writer | July 14, 2013 04:28 PM EDT
San Francisco shooting left two women men dead and a man in critical condition. One of the women was stabbed to death. The San Francisco happened at a jewelry shop in San Francisco’s expansive Giftcenter & Jewelrymart complex at 888 Brannan Street.
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The San Francisco shooting started when a man walked into the store and began firing a gun. White attacked three Victoga Inc. employees with a handgun and a knife, police said. Two of the employees, both women, died at the scene; the third employee, a man, is in critical condition at a hospital. The San Francisco medical examiner’s office identified the women as Khin Min, 35, of San Francisco, and Lina Lim, 51, of Daly City. The man was the shop's owner.
When police got to the scene, they weren't sure if the suspect, who had blood on his clothes, was a shooting victim or a suspect. The suspect, who has been identified as Barry White, a 23-year-old man who lived in Antioch, California, fired at the police and retreated to a restaurant where he continued shooting at the police. White left the GiftCenter after the attacks walked east on Brannan Street, where six San Francisco police officers attempted to stop him. The police followed him into a restaurant and he surrendered after he ran out of ammunition. The officers never returned fire. No officers were struck by gunfire.
San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said "The suspect fired additional multiple rounds at the officers and then, we believe, ran out of ammunition, threw the gun on the ground and surrendered."
Law enforcement locked down the Giftcenter and the surrounding area, closing businesses like Pinterest and Zynga, while they did a sweep to make sure there was no second suspect. The crowded San Francisco neighborhood is home to police headquarters and several tech companies.
While there were no reports of a second suspect, the police locked down both the Giftcenter and several surrounding businesses while they swept the area to be sure. Several well-known tech companies – including– have headquarters in the area and were among the businesses locked down during the sweep.
One of the two women was shot, the other was stabbed to death. The man was both shot and stabbed. The recovered the knife from the subject.
The Giftcenter & Jewelrymart is a collection of jewelry wholesalers who sell to area retailers. It is not open to the public and the only way to get into the building is to pass through a security station. You have to be on a list to get in. Police have not said if the suspect, Barry White, was on this list. White had visited the store at least once before.
A San Francisco Police Department spokesman said White, 23, was treated for superficial hand wounds at San Francisco General Hospital and booked on suspicion of two counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder into San Francisco County Jail. Police say White had at least one prior business transaction at the jewelry store before Friday's attack. Police said that it appears White acted alone and robbery was not the apparent motive. They have not yet speculated on the motive for the shooting. San Francisco Police officers and FBI officials are investigating the scene.
Media calls to White's Antioch home were answered by an unknown individual who said "He was not the shooter" and hung up.
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