Police: Rage likely motivated Christmas Eve shooter 

The shooting of a United Airlines flight attendant on Christmas Eve is a crime seemingly inspired by rage, Daly City police officials said.

At a Wednesday press conference announcing a $5,000 reward for information leading to the murderer of French-born, San Diego-based Alexis Nuevo, 44, Daly City police officials said a total of nine shots were fired from a semiautomatic weapon, five of which hit the father of two.

"That doesn’t usually indicate a simple random act of violence," Sgt. Ron Mussman said of the large number of shots. "[Detectives] don’t believe it was a random act but an act of rage."

Nuevo was not robbed, and detectives think there’s a good chance the victim was killed for personal reasons, officials said.

Nuevo, a fun-loving wine enthusiast, was shot and killed around 2 a.m. as he parked his car on Partridge Avenue, around the corner from the Schwerin Street apartment he rented to sleep in during breaks from his job as a flight attendant. Neighbors reported seeing a thin male figure in a gray sweatshirt with the hood up fleeing and hearing the squealing of tires around that same time, Mussman said.

Earlier in the day, Nuevo had run errands and shopped at Tanforan Shopping Center before settling in at the Seven-Mile House Bar on Bayshore Boulevard around 1 a.m., leaving at 2 a.m. for the one-mile drive to his apartment. Police have uncovered no incidents during the day that may have led to his shooting death, the third homicide in Daly City in 2006.

Nuevo’s sister-in-law, who asked not to be pictured or named and would not speak to the press on Wednesday, attended the press conference because she approached the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation about offering a reward for Nuevo’s killer.

"Our family does not want to be seen because of the nature of this crime and the intentions of the murderer," a statement from Nuevo’s family read. "The police are baffled by this case and so is our family."

Daly City Det. Frank Mangan said police have conducted more than 100 interviews with Nuevo’s family, friends and colleagues. Reports that Nuevo had a romantic relationship with a coworker have not been confirmed, Mangan added.

Police are awaiting ballistics results to see if the weapon used in the Christmas Eve slaying is connected to any other incidents.

dsmith@examiner.com

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