shooting_nighttime.jpgAn Oakland man suspected of shooting another man 17 times during a dispute in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood in August appeared in court this morning to face murder charges.

Grady Darrell Sandling, 19, is suspected in the Aug. 19 fatal shooting of 26-year-old Steven Garrett Jr., of San Francisco. Police arrested him Wednesday.

Police and prosecutors said the early morning shooting occurred at about 12:20 a.m., after Garrett had argued with three men near Jones and O’Farrell streets.

Garrett punched one of the men in the face and the man shot him, police said at the time.

The three suspects then fled on foot, police said. A semiautomatic weapon believed used in the shooting was found stashed in a mailbox in the 500 block of O’Farrell Street.

In court this morning, prosecutor Braden Woods said Sandling shot Garrett, who was unarmed, 17 times with a TEC-9 semiautomatic firearm.

Woods requested that bail be set at $5 million, but Judge Samuel Feng ordered that Sandling be held without bail.

Arraignment and plea entry were postponed until Wednesday.

Woods said outside court that the motive for the killing is still under investigation.

Ari Burack, Bay City News

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