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San Francisco Embarcadero shooting suspect won huge payout after he was shot by cops in 2021

San Francisco’s Pier 39 on Monday, June 19, the day after a shooting incident left six injured. | Source: Julie Zigoris/The Standard

San Francisco officials named Xavier Pittman as a suspect in connection with a Father's Day shooting and burglary incident that injured six people, including a 10-year-old girl who was hit by a car near the busy Fisherman's Wharf area.

Two people were hit by gunfire and three people were injured by glass shards, authorities said. Two girls, ages 10 and 16, were hit by a vehicle while walking their bicycles across the Embarcadero; the younger girl was injured in the events that were described as "total chaos" by witnesses.

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has now charged Pittman in connection with burglaries that happened before the shooting incident.

Pittman, 25, has been involved in at least one shooting incident in San Francisco before. In 2021, he earned a rare apology from Police Chief Bill Scott after he was shot by an undercover cop who was moving in to arrest him in connection with a series of car burglaries.

The gun negligently went off, hitting Pittman in the wrist. After filing a lawsuit against the city, Pittman received a $195,000 settlement in June 2022 from the city Board of Supervisors. 

At a Thursday press conference at San Francisco police headquarters, police did not refer to the 2021 incident, focusing instead on the Father's Day car-to-car shooting between an Infiniti and a Chevrolet at Fisherman's Wharf.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott announces the arrests of suspects Thursday in a Father's Day car-to-car shooting as San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins looks on.
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott announces the arrests of suspects Thursday in a Father's Day car-to-car shooting as San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins looks on. | Source: George Kelly/The Standard

"We have to hold them accountable. That is why we're here today, because we have done a tremendous investigation to find those responsible for that horrific shooting that terrorized people across our city," Scott said. "Mind you, two innocent little girls were caught up, one hit by a car."

Deputy Police Chief Robert O'Sullivan said investigators learned suspects in the Infiniti were part of an auto burglary "bipping" crew that had committed several car-break-ins in the hour before the shooting. Officers later learned that Oakland police and firefighters found the Infiniti torched in Oakland. 

After identifying Pittman, 22-year-old Richard Tuiasosopo and a male juvenile as having been inside the Infiniti, officers worked to obtain search warrants before executing them Wednesday at six different addresses with help from multiple police department units, as well as the Richmond, Vallejo and South San Francisco police.

During the searches, officers found four assault-style rifles and 13 handguns.

Pittman and the juvenile were arrested Wednesday. Tuiasosopo was already in Alameda County Jail. 

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said her office had charged Pittman, who it believes to be a passenger in the Infiniti, with conspiracy and two counts of burglary. Pittman is scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Friday at San Francisco Superior Court.

Jenkins added that she expects to charge Tuiasosopo as soon as he is released from Alameda County Jail, before adding that she could not answer questions about the minor.

"We asked for your trust at that time, given we were not able to file charges, that we would work with the San Francisco Police Department to make sure that we held those responsible for this accountable," Jenkins said.

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