Four found shot to death in San Francisco home
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Police found four people shot to death in a home in a well-kept neighborhood Sunday, hours after neighbors heard gunshots and loud motorcycle noises pierce the early morning silence.
Police found the bodies of two adults and two girls in the two-story Bernal Heights home at 9:45 a.m. The identification of those killed was not immediately released.
Lieutenant Judie Pursell would not say if the killings were committed by an intruder or if it was the result of a murder-suicide. She did confirm that San Francisco police had no previous contact or domestic violence calls to the home.
”It’s always very tragic when anyone’s murdered,” Pursell said. ”But when you have children involved it’s quite overwhelming.”
Police had no suspects nor motive for the killings.
No further information about the four was immediately available from authorities, but neighbors said Anthony Shami, his wife and their two daughters, ages 15 and 10, lived in the red-tiled home with rose bushes in its front yard.
Marlo Contreras, president of the local neighborhood association, lives across the street. She said she heard four shots around 6 a.m. She said her partner heard the sound of motorcycles about the same time.
Another neighbor, Jim O’Shea said he too heard loud motorcycle noises and car alarms pierce the morning silence before police arrived at the scene.
Contreras said the couple and their children – described as quiet and friendly – had lived in the tight-knit, middle-class neighborhood for at least four years.
Contreras said Anthony Shami belonged to a motorcycle club, and occasionally, groups of motorcycle riders would gather outside their home, but neighbors said they were respectful and didn’t cause problems. A black SUV with a Harley-Davidson sticker was hauled away by police as evidence.
It was the second quadruple homicide in Northern California discovered within 24 hours. In Sacramento, police believe a disgruntled security guard was responsible for shooting three ex-coworkers and a fourth man late Saturday night and early Sunday.
The man suspected in those killings remained at large Sunday, police said.
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