A 33-year-old man killed inside a vehicle in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood last Tuesday has been identified, according to the medical examiner’s office.
The victim, San Leandro resident Da Cong Wu, was fatally shot in a vehicle Tuesday night near the intersection of Sunnydale Avenue and Sawyer Street by a male suspect.
The suspect opened fire, striking Wu several times, San Francisco police Officer Grace Gatpandan said.
The shooting was detected by the city’s ShotSpotter gunshot detection system at about 8:50 p.m., Gatpandan said.
When police and emergency crews arrived at the scene, the suspect had already fled the area on foot and Wu was located in the backseat of the vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso.
Gatpandan said Wu was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, but died before he reached the hospital.
No arrests have been made and the motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
Police said Wu may have been trying to get away from the suspect when he was shot.
Officers have not yet released any suspect description, but said there were multiple witnesses at the scene who are being interviewed.
A memorial fundraiser to help Wu’s family with their living expenses and funeral costs has been started on gofundme.com/krlx3s.
Money is also being sent via checks to Wu’s wife Fang Feng, courtesy of Sing Tao Daily, a Chinese-language newspaper.
According to the GoFundMe memorial fundraiser, which has exceeded its $1,000 goal with more than $2,500 donated in the last three days, Wu “was killed protecting his mother from a mugging. He leaves behind a wife who does not speak English and two young kids.”
Sara Bi, the creator of the memorial fund, said she did not know Wu personally, but has learned from community members that he came to the U.S. 10 years ago and worked as a truck driver.
He would send money to family back home in China and recently attained his U.S. citizenship, allowing him to bring his family to the U.S.
“Wu was cut short of his American dream but we hope his aspirations can live on in his wife and kids,” Bi wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News