Crime

San Francisco Woman Slain In 'Random' Attack

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

On July 1, Kathryn Steinle stopped by Pier 14 on the Embarcadero, a popular spot for those seeking a striking view of San Francisco, California. 

Steinle, who lived in San Francisco, sent a photo to her mother of herself standing on the waterfront with her father and a family friend, but five minutes later she was struck in the chest by a bullet while her father’s arm was around her shoulder. 

“There was a pop, and Kate went down,” 68-year-old Jim Steinle told the San Francisco Chronicle. He performed CPR on his 32-year-old daughter until she was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where she died that evening. The bullet had pierced her aorta, her family told the San Jose Mercury News.

“She just kept saying, ‘Dad, help me, help me,’” said the victim’s mother, Liz Sullivan. “It’s just unbelievable. It’s surreal. I don’t think I’ve totally grasped it.”

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Steinle, a native of Pleasanton, California, a Bay Area suburb, was apparently a random target, said Officer Grace Gatpandan, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Police Department. Shortly after the shooting, Francisco Sanchez, who is about 45 years old, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

There is no apparent connection between Sanchez, who was out on parole for an unknown crime, and Steinle. “(Steinle) was here with her family and they were out on the pier enjoying the day,” said police Sgt. Michael Andraychak at a news conference.

Police also said the family wanted to thank bystanders who helped them identify the suspect and rendered aid to Steinle when she was struck.

“People had no hesitation to get down on their knees and help this woman,” Andraychak said.

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News

Images via San Francisco Chronicle, the_tahoe_guy/Flickr