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12:09 PM: Two Fisherman’s Wharf merchants were slain by a businessman from a rival store Sunday night in an apparent dispute over the sale of similar merchandise, San Francisco police said.

The suspect, 56-year-old Hong Ri Wu, of San Francisco, was taken into custody at the shop at 269 Jefferson St. where he allegedly shot Qiong Han Chu, a 30-year-old man, and Feng Ping Ou, a 30-year-old woman, police said.

The shootings were reported at 8:20 p.m. at the store, which sells souvenirs and luggage, according to police.

Police said Wu, a competitor at a nearby store who knew the victims, walked into the store and allegedly shot Chu and Ou. The victims, both San Francisco residents, were pronounced dead at the scene.

“It’s a dispute between merchants regarding the selling of similar items,” police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.

Interim police Chief Jeff Godown called the shootings an “isolated incident.” A gun believed to be the murder weapon was recovered at the scene, he said.

Wu was booked into San Francisco County Jail this morning on two counts of murder, according to the sheriff’s department.

Police are hoping that two tourists, a man and a woman who were in the store at the time and spoke briefly with police but did not leave their contact information, will come forward.

Rick Havener, who is friends with the Bush Man, was hanging out with the popular street performer across the street from the store when the shooting happened.

He said he heard one distinct shot followed a short time later by six or seven muffled shots.

He went across the street and saw a young Asian woman lying inside the store near the counter with a gunshot wound to her head, he said. He didn’t go inside the business.

Police arrived and entered the store, and came back out a short time later with an older Asian man in handcuffs, he said.

The shooting did not initially cause a commotion because nobody seemed to realize what had happened, Havener said.

“No one panicked, no one knew…no one went screaming out into the street or anything,” he said.

Maurice Tsuts, who works at a camera shop about half a block away at Jefferson and Jones streets, said he heard the gunshots but thought it was children throwing poppers on the ground.

He said there is often tension between business owners in the neighborhood because so many Fisherman’s Wharf stores sell similar goods.

“There’s stiff competition around here,” he said.

Eric Manley, an employee at Wharf T-shirts, said many businesses’ leases restrict what items each store is allowed to sell.

He said some local storeowners took comfort in knowing that the shooting was not random.

“It’s so tragic, but we’re a little relieved it’s not a robbery, to be honest,” Manley said.

Regardless, Colin Fischer, who runs Bike & Roll one block over, said he plans to buy a new camera surveillance system today.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide Inspector Martin at (415) 553-9183 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

Ari Burack, Bay City News

10:40 AM: Two employees who were fatally shot inside a souvenir shop at San
Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday night were identified today by the medical examiner’s office as Qiong Han Chu, a 30-year-old man, and Feng Ping Ou, a 30-year-old woman.

The shootings were reported at 8:20 a.m. at a shop at 269 Jefferson St. that sells souvenirs and luggage, according to police.

San Francisco police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said the suspected gunman, a 56-year-old man who works at a similar souvenir shop nearby, was taken into custody. His name has not yet been released.

“It’s a dispute between merchants regarding the selling of similar items,” Dangerfield said.

The two employees, both San Francisco residents, were pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

Dangerfield said a gun believed to be the murder weapon was also recovered.

Police are hoping that two tourists, a man and a woman who were in the store at the time and spoke briefly with police but did not leave their contact information, will come forward.

Rick Havener, who is friends with the Bush Man, was hanging out with the popular street performer across the street from the store when the shooting happened.

He said he heard one distinct shot followed a short time later by six or seven muffled shots.

He went across the street and saw a young Asian woman lying inside the store near the counter with a gunshot wound to her head, he said. He didn’t go inside the business.

Police arrived and entered the store, and came back out a short time later with an older Asian man in handcuffs, he said.

The shooting did not initially cause a commotion because nobody seemed to realize what had happened, Havener said.

“No one panicked, no one knew…no one went screaming out into the street or anything,” he said.

Maurice Tsuts, who works at a camera shop about half a block away at Jefferson and Jones streets, said he heard the gunshots but thought it was children throwing poppers on the ground.

He said there is often tension between business owners in the neighborhood because so many Fisherman’s Wharf stores sell similar goods.

“There’s stiff competition around here,” he said.

Eric Manley, an employee at Wharf T-shirts, said many businesses’ leases restrict what items each store is allowed to sell.

He said some local storeowners took comfort in knowing that the shooting was not random.

“It’s so tragic, but we’re a little relieved it’s not a robbery, to be honest,” Manley said.

Regardless, Colin Fischer, who runs Bike & Roll one block over, said he plans to buy a new camera surveillance system today.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide Inspector Martin at (415) 553-9183 or the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

Ari Burack/Erika Heidecker, Bay City News

12:52 AM: Police are investigating the double homicide of two store employees that took place in a souvenir shop near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday night, a police spokesman said.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting at 296 Jefferson St. at about 8:20 p.m., according to a San Francisco Fire Department dispatcher.

Arriving crews found a man and a woman who had been shot inside a store that sells souvenirs and luggage, San Francisco police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Both were employees at the store, he added.

They were pronounced dead at the scene, Dangerfield said.

One man has been detained and is being questioned by police, but officers have not yet determined if he is the shooter.

“He is the only suspect in the case right now,” Dangerfield said. Dangerfield, appearing on KTVU broadcast news, says that the suspect, an Asian male, is a merchant in the area who was a competitor of the business that employed the victims. “It was not some random act” he told KTVU.

No other injuries were reported.

Dangerfield said that the store would likely be closed to patrons over the next couple of days.

“I can’t imagine that the store would carry on business as usual,” he said. “I mean, these people were shot and killed in there.”

No motive for the killings has been determined and the incident remains under investigation.

Eve Batey contributed to this report by Kristen Peters and Saul Sugarman of Bay City News

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  • renegade

    This incident is totally screwed up. Why didn’t the cops get the contact info of the two tourist witnesses? Duh, protocol? The employee victims apparently had no input over the fake knockoffs that the suspect also sold, so it’s not that the victims were responsible for the merchandise inventory. ‘Seems like this whole Chinese knockoff competition needs an in-depth expose because it is and has been totally out of control, especially with last year’s $100 million dollar raid of phony stuff.

    Alas, the Bush Man has friends and that friend was able to help out. Kudos to the Bush Man for being on the streets scaring people night and day.

  • renegade

    This incident is totally screwed up. Why didn’t the cops get the contact info of the two tourist witnesses? Duh, protocol? The employee victims apparently had no input over the fake knockoffs that the suspect also sold, so it’s not that the victims were responsible for the merchandise inventory. ‘Seems like this whole Chinese knockoff competition needs an in-depth expose because it is and has been totally out of control, especially with last year’s $100 million dollar raid of phony stuff.

    Alas, the Bush Man has friends and that friend was able to help out. Kudos to the Bush Man for being on the streets scaring people night and day.

  • brad

    I totally agree. WTF? The only two eyewitnesses to the shooting and the police let them just leave without getting any contact information? That seems pretty basic.

  • brad

    I totally agree. WTF? The only two eyewitnesses to the shooting and the police let them just leave without getting any contact information? That seems pretty basic.