Woman Shot Dead in Front of Her Family in Random Attack on San Francisco Pier: 'Dad, Help me! Help me!'
"She was compassionate and had so much energy, and had the world in front of her," Elizabeth Turner, a friend of the victim, tells ABC
A woman who had recently moved to San Francisco was shot and killed on Wednesday night while walking along Pier 14 with her family – in a seemingly random attack.
Kathryn Steinle, 32, suffered a single gunshot wound to her torso, according to CBS. Officers and firefighters got to the scene around 6:05 p.m.
Her father and bystanders tried to perform CPR on her, but she was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital about two hours after the shooting, the outlet reports.
Suspect Francisco Sanchez, 45, was arrested in connection with the shooting.
Moments before Steinle died, she spoke a few words to her father, Jim Steinle, and said “Dad, help me, help me,” her mother Liz Sullivan told Mercury News.
“She was so young. This is just like a bad dream,” she added.
Sgt. Michael Andraychak told CBS that there were no words exchanged between the suspect and the victim.
“The victim said something to her family members to the extent that she didn’t feel well, and she just realized something had taken place and she fell to the ground,” he said.
Her brother, Brad Steinle, is distraught.
“We loved Kate, and I will love her till the day I die,” he told ABC. “I had the best sister. She was the most wonderful, loving, caring person.”
Steinle had moved to San Francisco to work as a medical device sales representative for Medtronic.
While news crews from two different television stations were reporting on the homicide the following morning on Thursday, they were robbed of cameras at gunpoint, SF Gate reports.
“These are very dangerous people,” he said. “And we need to get them off the street.”
Despite arresting suspect Sanchez, police are continuing their investigation and asking anyone with information to contact the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444.
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