2 dead in city’s Japantown bar
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A gunman opened fire at a bar in the city’s Japantown, killing two people and injuring a third, police said Sunday.
Joseph Melcher, 25, of Redwood City was arrested shortly after the Saturday night shootings at a bar called The Flow, and was booked on suspicion of homicide, attempted homicide and assault with a firearm.
Witnesses told authorities that Melcher walked into the bar around 9:15 p.m., encountered three women, asked for someone by name, then pulled out a handgun a short time later and began shooting, said police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina.
First, Melcher shot and injured the female bartender. He then shot another woman, Song Sun Lee, 34, who died at the scene, Mannina said.
As Melcher left the bar, he got into an altercation with Kam Yan Li, 22, and shot him as well, Mannina said. Li was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died of his injuries Sunday, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office.
The 40-year-old bartender was listed in stable condition.
Police officers found and arrested Melcher about a dozen blocks from the scene, Mannina said.
Authorities do not yet know a motive for the shootings. It was unclear if Melcher knew the two women he shot in the bar, but investigators believe he did not know Li, Mannina said.