shooting_nighttime.jpgRelated: City Attorney Mulling Suit Against Venue Linked To Tourist Shooting

San Francisco police served a search warrant on a Fremont home late Thursday in connection with Sunday’s fatal shooting of a German tourist near Union Square, police confirmed today.

Police searched a home in the 3600 block of Lake Tahoe Terrace at about 11 p.m., removing some items but making no arrests, police spokesman Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said. The nature of the items removed was not disclosed.

Police are continuing to investigate the killing of 50-year-old Mechtild Schroeer, who was shot at about 9 p.m. Sunday while walking in the 400 block of Mason Street in the city’s theater district.

Schroeer, of Minden, Germany, and her husband had been visiting the city and were staying in a nearby hotel.

Schroeer was caught in the crossfire during a shootout between two groups of people outside a private party for high school students on that block, police said.

Two teens were also hit by bullets during the fray, which occurred as a large crowd gathered outside the party.

An 18-year-old San Francisco man was arrested following the shooting, but prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to charge him with the murder.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact them at the Police Department’s anonymous tip line (415) 575-4444.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera separately announced today that his office has begun legal action against the venue at 414 Mason St. where the “illegal, overcrowded party” took place.

Herrera said that both the venue owner and the person who rented out the party space within the venue could face civil liability for violating the California Fire Code and for unlawful business practices.

Herrera cited reports of hundreds of partygoers at the venue, which had a 49-person occupancy limit.

Herrera said he is also evaluating the potential liability of the event’s promoter.

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