Slaying suspect’s gun doesn’t match bullets 

The gun found on the man arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 19-year-old during Pink Saturday festivities does not match the bullets used in the slaying.

Stephen Powell died Saturday after being targeted at the San Francisco Pride celebration in the Castro district. A gunman approached the young man and fired four bullets into his chest. Two other bystanders were injured.

It marked The City’s 25th homicide this year.

Ed Perkins, 20, was arrested shortly afterward. The District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday afternoon, however, that a follow-up police investigation revealed that the bullets fired at the scene did not match the .357-caliber revolver that was in Perkins’ possession when he was arrested.

Also, police have no witnesses who can place Perkins at the scene of the shooting, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The weekend violence expanded into a shooting during the vigil for Powell.

As friends and family gathered at 8 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Third Street and Quesada Avenue to mourn the young man, a van with two men pulled up and bullets were sprayed into the crowd.

One man was shot in the cheek and the other in the leg, and both are expected to survive.

Police say the vigil shooting was gang-related and retaliatory. However, police could not say how or why it was retaliatory, and they didn’t release any descriptions of any suspect Tuesday.

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