Police released more information Wednesday about the man accused of killing two people in the Mission district when he crashed a car while allegedly fleeing from police on New Year’s Day.
Police investigators said the suspect, 19-year-old David Morales, of San Francisco, is a known gang member wanted in connection with a shooting at the Valencia Gardens housing development at 14th and Guerrero streets.
Morales drove to the housing development about 7:50 p.m., police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said. Police described the shooting as a gang-related “challenge.” No one was injured in the shooting, Shyy said.
Officers responding to reports about the shooting got a description of the car and located the Chevy Impala at 21st and Mission streets.
But when officers approached the vehicle, Shyy said, Morales drove off, speeding through two intersections before broadsiding a Toyota with two occupants at 21st Street and South Van Ness Avenue.
The impact hurled the Toyota onto a sidewalk, Shyy said, and the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian who had been walking into the Muzio’s Wine Liquor corner store. The pedestrian was identified Wednesday as 26-year-old Francisco Gutierrez.
The passenger in the Toyota, a 29-year-old woman, was also killed. The 18-year-old male driver of that car is recovering at San Francisco General Hospital, Shyy said.
After being treated at the hospital, Morales was booked into jail on two murder charges and three counts of attempted murder connected to the shooting.
He also faces one count of being a felon in possession of a handgun and a gang enhancement charge, Shyy said. A gun was reportedly found inside the smashed up Impala, police said.
The District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday was reviewing the case, and Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said Morales could be arraigned as soon as today.