Hong Ri Wu, the man arrested in the killings of two rival Fisherman's Wharf merchants, was found guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree on Wednesday, according to the District Attorney's Office. Wu faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Wu, 59, gunned down Qiong Han Chu and Feng Ping Ou, both 30 at the time, in their business in the 200 block of Jefferson Street on Jan. 30, 2011. Police said at the time that there was a rivalry between the merchants and witnesses reported that Wu and the victims argued quite often. Wu and the victims sold similar knockoff scarves and purses in stores right next to each other.
The shooting happened about 8:20 p.m., while tourists and shoppers were bustling about the Wharf.
Wu was taken into custody at the scene and reportedly confessed to the killings, prosecutors said at the time.
After his incarceration, there were questions about Wu's sanity. He was said to be suicidal and at one point refused to eat. The City Attorney's Office in October of that year filed a petition that allowed The City to force-feed Wu.
He was ultimately found competent to stand trial and the case has been going on the past several weeks.
District Attorney George Gascon said the conviction will help bring closure to the families of the victims.
"Two people were gunned down by Hong Ri Wu, and he deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison atoning for his crimes," Gascon said Wednesday. "There is nothing that will bring closure to the families of the two victims, and our hearts go out to them as they attempt to put this difficult chapter of their lives behind them."
Wu will be back on court May 16 for sentencing.