Man shot in 2000 succumbs to injuries in January 


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San Francisco recorded its fifth homicide of the year Monday with the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in the Bayview, but one of the victims included in that tally died from an incident that happened almost 14 years ago.

On Oct. 28, 2000, then 20-year-old Carlos Vargas was crippled in a violent shooting on 20th Street between Lexington and San Carlos streets about 12:15 p.m., police Officer Gordon Shyy said. Vargas, who was shot at least three times, lost the use of his arms and legs as a result of the shooting and lived in an assisted care facility in San Leandro when he died Jan. 8 of this year.

According to the Alameda County Coroner's Office, Vargas died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the shooting in 2000. He was 33 at the time of his death.

The official cause of death was sequelae of multiple bullet wounds, an official at the coroner's office said. Sequela is a condition that is the consequence of a previous disease or injury.

Vargas' death is considered a homicide although there are no known suspects in his death and no one is in custody, Shyy said.

San Francisco recorded its first homicide of the year Jan. 6 with the stabbing death of 21-year-old Jose Manuel Puc-Muy in the 1700 block of Market Street in a Hayes Valley apartment building. That murder remains a mystery, with no suspects or arrests.

In February, 35-year-old Paul Lambert was killed in a hit-and-run as he tried to cross Van Ness Avenue midblock about 1 a.m. In that case, 27-year-old Emeryville resident Mageb Hussain was arrested on felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Earlier this month, 93-year-old Amy Moreno was reportedly killed by her daughter, Celeste, 60, in an apparent murder-suicide at a San Francisco assisted living facility.

On Monday night, 26-year-old San Francisco resident Eddie Ard was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Bayview. There are no known suspects in that case as of Tuesday afternoon.

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