Father, Son Recovering From Family-Fight Gunfire
The conditions of a 54-year-old San Francisco
man and his son, both shot by another son after a family argument early Sunday, were
William R_______, who was shot in the face and stomach, was listed in
serious condition at San Francisco Hospital, according to spokeswoman Gloria Rodriguez.
His 23-year-old son, Max, who was shot several times in the back, was listed in fair
condition, she said.
Police say the father and son were shot inside their home at 497 Joost
Street by R_______'s 19-year-old son, Charles, who has been booked on two counts of
assault with a deadly weapon. [How many people have been shot in San Francisco
this year? In this neighborhood? In San Francisco, do most shootings happen between family
members, acquaintances or strangers?]
Charles R_______ was arrested moments after the shooting. Police
responding to 911 calls that poured in after the shootings found him standing in the
middle of the street wearing nothing but boxer shorts. William and Max R_______ were found
injured inside the house.
Police also found and seized 19 guns and rifles in addition to the gun
they believe was used to shoot the two men. The guns seized included
10 handguns and nine long guns, including a semiautomatic shotgun. [What
type of gun was used in the assault? Was it one of the crime guns - a Saturday night
special that figures in most assaults or a 9 mm handgun, which figures in most homicides?
Where did the R_______s purchase the guns? For how much? Were they selling guns? Did they
have a license to do so?]
The shootings apparently followed an argument and fistfight between
R_______ and his father and brother, according to police. Witnesses told police that the
suspect had been out drinking with his brother and another friend earlier that night and
had returned to the house at about 12:45 a.m. Drinking alcohol,
especially binge drinking, has been found to be associated with violent crime more than
nonviolent crime, according to researchers at the Research Triangle Institute in North
Carolina. [How many liquor outlets are in this neighborhood? Is it
more than allowed by state regulation? How do the number in this neighborhood relate to
the numbers in other neighborhoods?]
According to a San Francisco General Hospital
spokesperson, both men required surgery to treat their wounds. The average cost of a
surgical procedure to repair gunshot wounds is $6,915. [Did they have
health insurance? If not, who pays for the hospitalization? Were there any other family
members living in the residence on Joost Street? If so, will they have to move? How will
their lives be affected by this? Did the R_______s have jobs? Will they be able to go back
to work? Did Charles R_______ find his own attorney, or is he being represented by a
public defender? Where is he being held, and how much is his incarceration costing
Suggestions for accompanying graphs: shootings in San
Francisco, by neighborhood; perhaps a list of handguns whose sale is banned in San
Francisco and 17 other communities.
Suggestions for accompanying sidebars or follow-up stories:
latest research on link between alcohol "binge" drinking and violent crime; cost
to taxpayers to patch up wounds of gunshot victims, pay for rehabilitation or convalescent
care since most do not have health insurance; relationship between alcohol outlets and
incidence of violent crime by San Francisco neighborhood.
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