Suspect in Pink Saturday shooting identified 

The gunman charged with the deadly shooting in the Castro district during gay pride celebrations Saturday is suspected as a gang member who knew the 19-year-old man he killed in front of throngs of revelers.

Ed Perkins, 20, of San Francisco was apprehended near the chaotic scene in which shots were fired into a large crowd at Castro and Market streets during the Pink Saturday street party at 11:30 p.m., police said.

Stephen Powell, 19, a once rising basketball star who was expelled from two city high schools, was killed after four bullets entered his chest. Two others, a 29-year-old man and 19-year-old woman, were each shot in the leg, city officials said. Perkins did not know them, they said.

Perkins was being held without bail Monday on charges of murder, brandishing a weapon, assault with a firearm, multiple other firearms charges and a gang allegation, sheriff's spokeswoman Eileen Hirst said.

Police believe they've recovered handgun used in the shooting.

Authorities did not immediately release Perkins' booking photo so witnesses could identify him in a lineup, Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said. Police are searching for a possible second assailant, Dangerfield said, adding that there were a lot of witnesses at the scene.

"You can imagine how many people were out there," he said.

The shooting was not a hate crime, but the result of a personal dispute, police said. It sent throngs of people running for cover, witnesses said. The crowd gathered to celebrate Pink Saturday, the event that precedes Sunday's Pride Parade.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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