SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department arrested the suspect who was responsible for a shooting that transpired in the Tenderloin region on Christmas Day 2017. According to the SFPD, on Wednesday, January 3, 2017, authorities were notified of an unreported shooting incident that transpired at 8:00 a.m. on the 100 block of Eddy Street on December 25. An investigation was immediately commenced.
Video surveillance of the shooting incident displays an adult male wearing a Santa hat firing a gun at an occupied vehicle. During the course of the investigation, SFPD Tenderloin Station and Narcotics Unit officers were able to identify the suspect as Xavier Watson, 27, of Fairfield.
On Thursday, January 4, 2018 SFPD Narcotics Unit officers found Watson on the 4500 block of 3rd Street. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into San Francisco County Jail on multiple felony charges including willful discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, assault with a firearm on a person, transportation for sale of a narcotic or controlled substance and possession of cocaine for sale.
The investigation led to the identification of a 35 year-old male victim. The victim was not injured during the incident. The name of the victim has not yet been disclosed to the public. Due to pending identification matters, a booking photo of Watson is not being released at this time.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on this case to contact the San Francisco Police Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or Text-a-Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. Tipsters may remain anonymous.