Two members of the notoriously vicious Westmob gang are facing multiple life prison sentences for shooting a man in Hunters Point four years ago and nearly wounding a 5-year-old boy.
On Wednesday, San Francisco residents Rashad Brown, 25, and Anthony Taylor, 23, were found guilty on two counts of attempted murder in connection with two attempts on a man’s life in 2009, District Attorney George Gascón announced Thursday.
Brown and Taylor were additionally convicted on various gang and gun-enhancement allegations for being members of Westmob. They are scheduled to be sentenced July 22.
“These defendants have terrorized a community and kept people in fear,” Gascón said. “They have forfeited the right to live in our community.”
The case dates back to April 28, 2009, when Brown and Taylor reportedly opened fire on a man they believed was a snitch who lived on West Point Road, which the gang claims as territory. The bullets reportedly missed the victim, who was standing in front of his home at the time, but scraped the surface of a baby stroller and nearly struck the victim’s 5-year old brother.
Then about two weeks later, according to prosecutors, Brown and Taylor went after the victim a second time, shooting him nine times in front of his home as he was cutting his 12-year-old brother’s hair, prosecutors said.
“Thanks to the quick response of Officer Alexander Kwan of the San Francisco Police Department, the victim was able to receive immediate medical attention and survived,” prosecutors said.
After a two-month trial, the jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brown and Taylor guilty on all counts.
“The defendants were found to have committed these crimes for the benefit of the Westmob criminal street gang,” prosecutors said.
The Westmob gang has had a well-documented turf war with fellow Hunters Point gang Big Block that stemmed in the past from rap battles and drug sales, and also involved members of famed former local hip-hop group RBL Posse.
The gang war made national news following the fatal shooting of undercover police Officer Isaac Espinoza in the Bayview on April 10, 2004, by Westmob member David Hill. At the time of the killing, Hill was reportedly in rival territory seeking revenge upon a Big Block member.