Triggerman found guilty in Club Suede killing 

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The reckless thug who shot a man dead amid a large crowd at a now-shuttered Fisherman’s Wharf nightclub in 2010 was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and faces 50 years to life in prison.

Keandre Davis, a 22-year-old from Richmond, and another man cornered and shot 19-year-old Lawon Hall, also of Richmond, as a large crowd gathered outside Club Suede about 1:40 a.m. Feb. 7, 2010.

A patrol special officer then shot Davis twice when he and the second suspect refused to drop their guns. A total of 44 bullet casings were recovered at the scene, which witnesses described as frenzied in court testimony. The officer, Robert Burns, reportedly fired 16 shots.

Burns was later fired for several unrelated workplace violations, including not wearing his uniform properly.
Prosecutors declined to charge the second suspect, who had fled after the shooting.

Davis’ sentencing is scheduled for June 19. The gunfight ultimately gave City Attorney Dennis Herrera fuel to negotiate the shutdown of Club Suede, which had a long history of trouble.

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