Man convicted of murdering rival Fisherman’s Wharf merchants sentenced to life in prison 

The man convicted of murdering two rival merchants at Fisherman’s Wharf in 2011 was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole and an additional 75 years to life, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Hong Ri Wu, 56, was convicted of two counts of murder in the first degree April 2.

About 8:20 p.m. Jan. 30, 2011, Wu walked into the Fisherman’s Wharf store adjacent to his own and shot and killed Qion Han Chu and Fen Ping Ou while the wharf was bustling with shoppers and tourists. Both victims were 30 years old.

Wu said he killed the victims because they sold similar merchandise and because he thought their shop blocked the view of his shop. Witnesses and other merchants in the area said the relationship between Wu and the victims was tumultuous and that they argued often.

During the course of Wu’s trial, his insanity was questioned, but he ultimately was found competent to stand trial.

District Attorney George Gascón said he hopes Wu’s sentence will help bring peace to the families of the victims and other merchants at Fisherman’s Wharf.

“The sentence reflects the senseless nature of this man’s crimes," Gascón said. "He was willing to take life over something so petty."

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