SF felon faces murder charge in Sunset shooting 

A 39-year-old San Francisco man will be charged with murder Friday after two officers on foot patrol in the Sunset district Wednesday witnessed hiim allegedly fatally shooting another man, police said.

The shooting occurred at 4:36 p.m.­ outside Pho Huynh Hiep 2 noodle restaurant on Irving Street, between 19th and 20th avenues. Officers tried to revive Cuong Lu, 35, of San Francisco, but he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

“Officers in the area saw the suspect holding a semi-automatic handgun,” police spokesman Officer Samson Chan said.

Witnesses said they heard three or four shots before police tackled a bald Asian man with blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

Bao Luu was taken into custody and will be charged with murder and a gun allegation at his arraignment Friday morning, according to District Attorney’s Office spokesman Brian Buckelew.

Both men were sitting in the restaurant when they got into an argument, according to police. The dispute spilled out onto the sidewalk before the shooting occurred.

“We do believe that the suspect and the victim knew each other, and that the victim was targeted by the suspect,” Chan said.

Police have not released a motive in the slaying. Luu has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1993 that includes at least two state prison sentences, according to court documents. None of his convictions were for violent crimes, but rather for selling narcotics and being an accessory.

The shooting happened just a few doors away from the site of a 2008 double homicide in which a 23-year-old and a 31-year-old were killed outside Irving Pizza.

The latest homicide is the ninth this year in San Francisco.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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