Man Shot And Killed Outside Sundance Kabuki Theater

Most recent update: 3:49 PM

A previous version of this story stated that the shooting victim was female. A police spokesperson has since said that the victim was actually male. The following story contains the correct information.

A 36-year-old man who was fatally shot this morning outside the Sundance Kabuki movie theater in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood has been identified as David Gilford, of Modesto, according to the San Francisco medical examiner’s office.

At about 1:45 a.m., police received a report of shots fired in the 1800 block of Post Street, between Fillmore and Webster streets, SFPD spokesperson Sergeant Danielle Newman said.

A fire dispatcher said the shooting victim was transported to a local hospital with at least one gunshot wound.

San Francisco police said that the victim died as a result of his injuries shortly thereafter.

According to SFPD spokesperson Sergeant Danielle Newman, “a nightclub let out on the 1800 block of Post Street. A 36 year old Modesto resident was shot and killed while standing on the sidewalk.”

A note to those of you who are, quite understandably, wondering what venue Gilford had left: when reached by phone, Newman told the Appeal that “SFPD never releases the names of any establishments,” and could therefore not specify what business Gilford had left before the shooting.

When pressed regarding remarks from Twitter users saying that there are no nightclubs on the 1800 block of Post, Newman disagreed, saying that “there are establishments catering to nightlife in the area.”

Police have not yet released a motive for the shooting or any suspect information. According to Newman, “homicide investigators are canvassing the area for witnesses. Anyone with information should call homicide investigators at 415-553-1145.”

Bay City News contributed to this report

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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