Bayview killing commences violent weekend in The City 

Kerry Dawson Jr., 24, of San Francisco, has been identified as the man who managed to drive three blocks after being struck by as many as 15 bullets in the Bayview early Saturday morning — and who died from his wounds a half-hour later in the hospital, authorities said.

Dawson’s killing, which police suspect was gang-related, kicked off a wild weekend of violence in The City that included gun play between police and suspected carjackers during a cross-city car chase, a stabbing, several armed robberies and more gunfire.

Dawson was sitting in the driver seat of a Ford Fusion at the intersection of Revere Avenue and Hawes Street around 1:15 a.m. when he was shot, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said. Based on shell casings found at the scene, police believe he was struck 12 to 15 times.

Dawson managed to drive about three blocks before crashing into three parked cars, police said. No arrests have been made in the case.

The bullet shells came from .38- and .45-caliber handguns, Esparza said.

Less than two hours after Dawson was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital, a 17-year-old boy walked into the same hospital with a gunshot wound. The teen said he “doesn’t remember anything” except that he was shot inside his home, police said.

Two hours after that surprise visit, police officers traded gunfire with suspected carjackers during a cross-city car chase, Esparza said. The officers chased the gunmen through multiple neighborhoods, including the Western Addition, Mission and Potrero Hill areas. The officers were shot at during the pursuit, police said.

The chase ended on the 700 block of Arkansas Street, where the carjackers ditched the vehicle and fled into a park. One bandit was found and arrested, but the other got away, police said. One weapon was recovered, but the other suspect was also armed, they said.

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