German tourist allegedly caught in gang crossfire while visiting San Francisco 

The purported gang members who allegedly murdered a German tourist last year belong to as many as four different gangs from the Mission, Sunnydale, and Western Addition neighborhoods, sources familiar with the case said Monday.

Several young men were recently arrested in connection with the Aug. 8 killing of Mechthild Schröer, a 50-year-old school principal who was visiting San Francisco with her husband Stefan when shooting erupted outside an overcrowded party. Two other bystanders were also shot and wounded.

Court documents accuse the young men of targeting each other during a wild Union Square gun battle at Mason and Geary streets.

Charged with Schröer’s murder are Phillip Stewart, 19, Delvon Scott, 20, Willie Eason, 19, Marcos Blueford, 19, and Raheem Jackson, 17, who is being prosecuted as an adult. Gethsemane Pita, 18, is charged as an accessory.

The 21-page criminal complaint filed by prosecutors describes what must have been a chaotic scene the night of the shootings, which reportedly sent hundreds of partygoers scattering for safety.

According to the complaint, Jackson is charged with attempting to murder Stewart; Blueford and Jackson are charged with attempting to murder a group of people at the southeast corner of Geary and Mason; and Scott and Eason with attempting to murder another group on the southwest corner of the intersection.

Meanwhile, Stewart is accused of trying to kill a group of people on the sidewalk of Mason Street; and Scott is accused of targeting an unidentified man on the southwest corner of the intersection, according to the complaint.

Scott and Eason also allegedly shot at Blueford, and Stewart and Jackson at each other, the complaint charges. Stewart, Scott and Eason are accused of attempting to murder Jackson.

The complex case has already generated 500 pages of evidence, including police reports, statements from the suspects to police and from victims, as well as ballistics evidence and video from the night of the shooting, which prosecutor Eric Fleming said in court Monday that he had begun providing to the defense.

An attorney for the defense said many questions remain unanswered. “They’re not really laying out motive,” said Deputy Public Defender Rebecca Young, who represents Scott, after the hearing. “They’re saying it’s just random shooting, and that doesn’t strike me as credible.”

The six suspects postponed arraignment and plea entry in court Monday, and are due back in court June 13.

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