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2 shot dead, 1 hurt in Bay Area bar

October 23, 2006|From the Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A gunman opened fire at a bar in the city's Japantown, killing two people and wounding a third, police said Sunday.

Joseph Melcher, 25, of Redwood City was arrested shortly after the Saturday night shootings at a bar called The Flow and was booked on suspicion of homicide, attempted homicide and assault with a firearm.

Witnesses told authorities that Melcher walked into the bar around 9:15 p.m., encountered three women, asked for someone by name, then pulled out a handgun and began shooting, said police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina. Police didn't know the motive for the shootings.

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