The Bayview man who was shot dead near his home Valentine’s Day had survived a shooting two years ago and had been looking for a fresh start after being exonerated of felony gun charges last year.
Derek Hall, 30, was in the unit block of Osceola Lane around 9:05 p.m. Tuesday when two thugs approached him and opened fire, police Sgt. Daryl Fong said Wednesday.
Hall was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooters remain at large, police said. Witnesses were unable to provide detailed descriptions of the suspects, Fong said.
Last year, Hall’s attorney said that after being acquitted in a criminal case, Hall told him he had planned to turn his life around after years of running afoul of the law.
“He’s going home with a fresh start,” Deputy Public Defender Carmen Aguirre said at the time.
Hall was convicted in 2009 for dealing drugs. That conviction was overturned after San Francisco’s crime lab became embroiled in controversy after accusations one of its lab technicians, Deborah Madden, was stealing cocaine from evidence.
On Feb. 8, 2010, Hall got into more trouble after being shot in the chest in his own home, suffering a pierced colon and liver. Authorities had accused Hall of shooting himself after finding the unregistered gun in his home. Prosecutors attempted to charge him for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
At the time, Aguirre argued it was “absurd” to believe Hall had shot himself. Aguirre convinced the jury to dismiss the gun charges.
Police are searching for Hall’s killers. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Police Department at (415) 553-4444 or by text to TIP411.
Brian Lim said Wednesday he and Hall had been friends since the fifth grade.
“Derek, aka D-Skerz, was like the brother that I never had,” Lim told The San Francisco Examiner. “We been through a lot together and did everything as kids together. He always looked out for me and I did the same.”