SFPD arrest third suspect in shooting of girl, 13 

San Francisco police have arrested the third suspect in a shooting that left a 13-year-old girl seriously injured in The City’s Western Addition district two weeks ago.

The suspect, a 17-year-old male, turned himself in to the Juvenile Probation Department on Woodside Avenue on Wednesday.

On a particularly violent weekend earlier this month, three males drove by two to three minors walking home from a trip to the corner store on Grove Street around 12:40 p.m. on Feb. 11. The groups exchanged words, and one man got out of the car and fired several shots at the minors, police said. The girl, 13, was hit and taken to San Francisco General Hospital. She suffered life-threatening injuries, police said, but survived.

The suspected shooter in the incident, Deshawn Campbell, 18, was arrested Feb. 15 on the 1200 block of Eddy Street. The second suspect, a 17-year-old male, was arrested two days later on Larch Street.

All three suspects have been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a loaded firearm.

At the time of the incident, police said it was a retaliatory act for an earlier shooting.

Two hours earlier on Feb. 11, a 24-year-old man was killed while washing his van in the Plaza East development on Eddy Street.

"This is a great example of the department’s hard work and an attempt to put an end to the violence in the Western Addition," San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said of the third arrest. "It very well could have been that [the third suspect] got the message that the other two guys in the crime were apprehended and arrested."

The City’s homicide total for 2007 has now reached 20, far outpacing the average to date of the last three years. In 2006, there were 10 killings reported in January and February. In 2005, there were 15, and in 2004, there were 13.

arocha@examiner.com

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