gay_cityhall_gavel.jpgPreviously: Hayward Men Out On Bail After Admitting They Came To SF To Shoot Gay Folks

Elsewhere: Video shows more alleged BB rifle attacks Chron

Three Hayward men accused of targeting a San Francisco man they thought was gay with a BB gun last month were taken into custody in San Francisco Superior Court today after prosecutors said they intended to file additional charges related to several other possible victims.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has not filed an amended complaint against the men–Shafiq Hashemi, 21, Sayed Bassam, 21, and Mohammad Habibzada, 24 — but said there are plans to do so based on evidence from a videotape allegedly found with the men that appears to show 11 additional victims.

All three men were arrested the night of the Feb. 26 incident and appeared in court this morning.

They had been out of custody after posting $50,000 bail last week, but prosecutor Victor Hwang today asked Judge Bruce Chan to raise their bail to $450,000 apiece.

Defense attorneys for the men did not contest the bail hike and the men were handcuffed and led off to jail. Arraignment and plea entry was again postponed until April 8.

Defense attorneys declined to comment about the case to reporters.

In the initial case, a 27-year-old San Francisco man had just come out of a bar at 16th and Guerrero streets in the Mission District at about 10 p.m. when he was shot once in the cheek, police said.

The man, who was not seriously injured, called police and told them he had been shot from a nearby car, which then drove off. While officers were interviewing him outside the bar, the suspect car drove by again and police pulled it over.

Inside they allegedly found the three men with a “rifle-style” BB gun and a video camera, which investigators later discovered had recorded the shooting, according to police.

At the time of the arrest, “The suspects did make a confession, basically stating that they came to San Francisco to target gay people,” police spokesman Officer Samson Chan said.

According to district attorney’s office spokesman Brian Buckelew, 11 more unnamed male victims were shot at along the same stretch of 16th street that evening. None of the additional victims have come forward to police.

Anyone who may have been a victim is asked to contact the Police Department’s hate crimes unit at (415) 553-1133.

Prosecutors have charged all three men with assault with a deadly weapon, negligent discharge of a firearm, hate crimes and attempted mayhem, a charge relating to the possibility of a disabling or disfiguring injury.

According to Buckelew, the men are Muslim and prosecutors have evidence they may have committed the alleged acts because they believe homosexuality is against their religion.

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  • Xenu

    How many gay bars are even on 16th St? Only one I can think of is Esta Noche.

  • FurryBear

    Why were they released on bail? Shooting 11 guys means they won’t stop now.

  • Eve Batey

    You’re right, they were, initially, out on bail, but the courts upped their bail to $450K each and at the moment they’re back in custody.

  • Rick

    Wonder which upstanding conservative legal group will take up their defense pro-bono under the guise of “religious freedom to attack gays.”

    Surely it could be packaged even as a “defense of marriage.”

  • FurryBear

    Would they have been released on bail if they were white rednecks? I’m glad they are still locked up but somehow I bet ACLU comes to their defense.

  • brookish

    Hey Xenu, are gays not allowed in “straight bars”? Maybe it’s news to you, but we go to “normal people” bars, too. Sometimes, we don’t even wear our nametags idenifying ourselves as homos! And then we use the same bathroom as you! Eek!

  • Richy

    I’m thinking the majority of people shot were straight, if the gunmen were hanging out on 16th Street and Guerrero. Most of those people are wanna be’s who only look gay. So, you know, nuff said.

  • Xenu

    Dude, do you really think these guys have a good “gay-dar”? If they’re going to go shooting up people they think are gay, they should really do their homework first and pick easy targets, it’s common sense. But they obviously didn’t do their homework, and they obviously don’t have any common sense.

  • Johnson

    What about Muslim’s freedom of religion to shoot gays and kill non-belivers?

  • Johnson

    OK, obviously tounge in cheek.

  • brookish

    I find it utterly stunning that so many straight people in SF still think all the gay people are in one place. Yeah, percentagewise there are areas, but Mission and Bernal have really big gay populations (as compared to, say, the Marina). So no, I don’t think they have good gaydar, but I also think none of you do, either. Do you expect the boys to be flouncing, and the girls to be wearing combat boots? The newcomers to SF on SF blogs remind me that this town has a revolving door of cluelessness.

  • susitucker

    Once again, the religion of “peace” rears its ugly head.