SAN FRANCISCO—On Sunday, February 14, San Francisco police officers responded to reports of a shooting that took place at San Francisco’s Twin Peaks’ lookout at approximately 2:06 a.m. According to Sgt. Michael Andraychak, two men were reported to be dead, and one was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
According to Andraychak, when officers arrived at the scene all men were suffering from gunshot wounds. 19-year-old Rene Mora was pronounced dead at the scene, the two remaining victims were taken to the hospital where 21-year-old Julio Peraza passed away and a third victim remained hospitalized. The identity of the remaining 18-year-old victim has not been released by SFPD as of Wednesday, February 17. Police say his condition remains life-threatening.
Preliminary investigations identified the suspect to be a male who targeted the victims and fled the scene. On Tuesday, February 16, police detained suspect Richard Contreras, 26, of Richmond, California. According to police, Contreras had been arrested in 2014 after crashing a stolen vehicle into an AC Transit bus and injuring a total of 11 people on board by causing the bus to hit the side of a house.
Contreras fled the site of the accident, but was later arrested a few months later. According to district attorney spokeswoman, Bobbi Mauler, Contreras was charged with unlawful driving, leaving the scene of an accident and violating probation. According to court officials, Contreras received two years of mandatory supervision and one year in jail.
In relation to the Twin Peaks incident, police say Contreras allegedly knew the victims he shot. Contreras was said to have fled the scene in a gray GMC Yukon Denali that he allegedly stole. The vehicle was been apprehended by the SWAT team in Richmond after being spotted at a gas station.
He is charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of carjacking, one count of a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of aggravated assault with a gun.
Authorities are not released a booking photo of the suspect as the case is still under investigation and pending identification matters.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text A Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.