SFGATE By Evan Sernoffsky Posted Mon., Aug. 08, 2016
A San Mateo high school graduate who was set to pitch baseball in his second year in college was shot to death Saturday night near San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square while playing “Pokémon Go,” according to his family.
Calvin Riley, 20, was shot in the chest by an unknown assailant shortly before 10 p.m. near Aquatic Park, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics tried to revive him with CPR.
The area where Riley was killed is a landmark destination and popular tourist attraction in the Fisherman’s Wharf area that draws tens of thousands of visitors a day. Killings in the neighborhood are rare.
Homicide inspectors are trying to piece together what led to the shooting. No suspect was identified or arrested. Riley’s cousin, who set up a fundraising site to help pay for his funeral, said online that police told the family he was playing “Pokémon Go” when he was shot.
“Due to this cruel world we live in, a part of my family was taken from us,” Gabriel Antonio Morales wrote on GoFundMe.com. “When we got a call at 4:30 a.m. saying he’s gone, I thought I was having a bad dream.”
Sgt. Robert Jansing, an investigator with the U.S. Park Police, said Sunday that the shooting “makes no sense.” Aquatic Park, which is part of the National Park Service, was bustling, even at 10 p.m., Jansing said. That, at least, could help authorities who are looking for surveillance footage and witnesses to determine what happened.
“There’s a good chance someone saw something,” Jansing said.
On Sunday afternoon, the area where Riley was killed was peaceful, crowded with tourists and locals swimming in the Aquatic Park cove and lounging on the grass. Pockets of people were walking around the area playing “Pokémon Go” on their smart phones.
Among them was Thoua Moua, 28, who was visiting the city from Fresno with friends. He’d learned of the shooting from a friend who was staying nearby and had heard gunshots the night before.
“It’s just bad luck, I guess,” Moua said. “That’s why you don’t bring your new phone out places.”
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