SFPD finds girl dead at ‘chaotic scene’ 

Hours after returning from a funeral for a deceased relative, a family from Stockton experienced another death when a 14-year-old girl was killed in a Western Addition building Thursday by what police officials believe was a single self-inflicted gunshot to the face.

At 5:50 p.m., police arrived to a "chaotic scene" at the 600 block of Oak Street and found a girl dead in a gray duplex building. Sgt. Neville Gittens said that at the time of the shot, the girl was with two other youths. Gittens could not confirm whether the death was an accident or a suicide, but was leaning toward the former.

"With a 14-year-old girl, it does appear to be an accident, but without a thorough investigation, we cannot confirm this," Gittens said.

The family had been visiting from Stockton earlier in the day to attend the funeral for a relative and were at the Oak Street home for the wake. Gittens said there were adults in the house at the time of the shooting, but could not confirm how many were present.

Many questions were raised that could not be answered immediately after the shooting, namely who the owner of the gun was, where it was kept before the shooting and whether any foul play was involved. Family members, huddling together on the front steps of a building three doors down from the site of the shooting, would not comment.

One neighbor, Christopher Adams, said he knew the girl by appearance but could not identify her. He merely said she had been in the neighborhood before and that she "was a good girl."

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, whose district includes the Western Addition, was present at the scene. He blamed the death on the "pervasive access to guns that is plaguing our streets."

There have been five homicides this year in the Western Addition area. By The Examiner’s count, there were 21 citywide homicides as of March 13.

bliou@examiner.com

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