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July 3, 1993 | JENIFER WARREN and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The security guards figured he was just another well-heeled lawyer. He wore a dark suit with suspenders, carried an attache case and towed a large leather bookcase strapped to a dolly. But when his elevator stopped on the 34th floor, Gian Luigi Ferri slung two guns over his shoulders, grabbed a satchel full of ammunition and headed straight for the conference room of the law firm of Pettit & Martin, where he shot four people he had never met, who happened to be there by a fluke.
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July 12, 2013 | By Lisa Girion
Two women were fatally shot and a man wounded Friday in a possible botched robbery in a San Francisco shopping center, authorities said. Police officers responding to the shooting encountered the suspect with blood on his clothing outside the crowded San Francisco Giftcenter & Jewelrymart in the South of Market neighborhood, police Chief Greg Suhr told CBS San Francisco . Police said the man fired on the officers as he backed into a...
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July 3, 1993 | JULIE TAMAKI and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS; Also contributing to this story were Times staff writers Michael Connelly and Dean E. Murphy in Los Angeles, Richard C. Paddock in San Francisco, Timothy Williams in Woodland Hills and Times special correspondent Joshua B. Good in Las Vegas. It was written by Murphy
No one disputes that Gian Luigi Ferri had fallen on hard times. His Woodland Hills mortgage business was a shambles. He complained of bad credit and failed real estate deals. The rent on his $750-a-month apartment was two weeks overdue and he owed income taxes.
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June 23, 2000 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A troubled San Leandro sausage factory owner who had long complained of government harassment was charged Thursday in the shooting deaths of three food inspectors who showed up at his business for a routine check. Stuart Alexander, 39, the third-generation owner of the Santos Linguisa Factory, was charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a shooting rampage Wednesday afternoon.
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May 2, 1990 | From Associated Press
A gunman went on a wild shooting rampage early Tuesday, ambushing and killing a bicycle rider, wounding two police officers in a sidewalk gun battle and critically wounding a man driving on the freeway, authorities said. The suspect, identified as Paul Bellazain, 46, of Daly City, fled on foot after he was wounded in the thigh during a shoot-out with officers near the crowded Westlake Mall in Daly City, just south of San Francisco, said Daly City Police Detective Jim McHenry.
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May 15, 1990 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police say a Monday morning street shooting near Chinatown that left one man dead and a pregnant woman and six others injured may be related to Asian gang activity. Inspector Art Gerrans said several of the victims, all of them Asians, had a "history of gang-related activity," but would not elaborate. Three of the victims were former employees of an Emeryville gambling establishment popular with Asians.
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July 5, 1993 | Associated Press
Mortally wounded and horrified, John Scully tried one last time to help his wife as she frantically tried to call police from an office phone during a gunman's rampage. "He tried to give me directions, then he said, 'I'm dying,' and we said our goodbys," a tearful Michelle Scully told the San Francisco Examiner in an interview published Sunday.
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July 4, 1993 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The gunman who killed eight people in a rampage through a San Francisco office tower saw himself as a victim of multiple conspiracies whose efforts to succeed were thwarted by a corrupt and callous legal system, according to a document police found on his body. Gian Luigi Ferri, 55, also believed he was being poisoned by monosodium glutamate and blamed the U.S.
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November 14, 1994 | from Times Wire Services
Wearing bulletproof vests and military fatigues, two gunmen ran down a street here Sunday, firing several assault-style weapons, shooting a paramedic and two police officers--one critically--before being shot by police, officials said. One officer was in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital with a head wound. The other, shot in the chest, was in serious condition, said nursing supervisor Gloria Rodriguez. One gunman was fatally shot at the scene, officials said.
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January 11, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A limousine returning from a funeral was sprayed with bullets as it passed through a housing project, wounding a youth who had just buried his brother, police said. The 14-year-old victim was hit in the shoulder and neck and the Cadillac was struck several times, police said. The wounds were described as "superficial" by hospital officials, who added that the youngster's name would not be released because of his age.
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June 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
Investigators arrested a teenager Friday in connection with a shooting at a Chinatown playground that wounded six youths and sent dozens of children scrambling for cover, a television station reported. A 15-year-old boy, described as a secondary suspect, was arrested in the city's financial district, police said. He was not identified. Police were still searching for the gunman in the Thursday evening shooting. There was no immediate report of a motive.
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February 3, 1996 | From Associated Press
Charles Rothenberg, the man who set his 6-year-old son on fire at a Buena Park motel in 1983, pleaded innocent Friday to charges he shot a man in the head. Rothenberg, 55, was arrested Jan. 25 in the shooting of a 47-year-old man. He was charged with attempted murder and as a former convict allegedly in possession of a gun. He is scheduled to return to court Feb. 16. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 19.
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July 1, 1995 | Associated Press
A gunfight between two groups of youths erupted on the streets of Chinatown on Friday evening, injuring seven people, two seriously. Shots were fired as one group chased another, Police Cmdr. John Martel said. At least one bystander, a pregnant woman, was among the victims. The shooting began after five or six youths standing on a corner were approached by another group about 5:50 p.m., Martel said. The first group fled, but it was not clear which group opened fire.
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January 20, 1995 | Associated Press
A stranger approached a group of men and asked them if they were fans of the hometown team. When they said yes, he opened fire, killing one and seriously wounding another, then escaping. Police assume the gunman in Monday night's shooting was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, defeated Sunday in the playoff game that sent the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, homicide inspector Napoleon Hendrix said Wednesday.
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November 15, 1994 | From Times Wire Services
A drifter who died in a fierce, 25-minute gun battle that also claimed the life of a police officer had warned his family in the days before the rampage: "You're going to be surprised at what I'm going to do." Wearing fatigues and a bulletproof vest, 37-year-old Vic Lee Boutwell hijacked two cars and sprayed a quiet neighborhood with more than 100 rounds from four weapons Sunday night.
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November 14, 1994 | from Times Wire Services
Wearing bulletproof vests and military fatigues, two gunmen ran down a street here Sunday, firing several assault-style weapons, shooting a paramedic and two police officers--one critically--before being shot by police, officials said. One officer was in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital with a head wound. The other, shot in the chest, was in serious condition, said nursing supervisor Gloria Rodriguez. One gunman was fatally shot at the scene, officials said.
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January 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Several flights at San Francisco International Airport were diverted away from a runway near the long-term parking lot after an unidentified man allegedly fired gunshots in the air, officials said. The man, who may have lived with his family in a motor home on the lot, was taken into custody by airport police, airport spokesman Ron Wilson said. No one was injured and no property was damaged, Wilson said.
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January 20, 1995 | Associated Press
A stranger approached a group of men and asked them if they were fans of the hometown team. When they said yes, he opened fire, killing one and seriously wounding another, then escaping. Police assume the gunman in Monday night's shooting was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, defeated Sunday in the playoff game that sent the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, homicide inspector Napoleon Hendrix said Wednesday.
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May 19, 1994 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Survivors of four victims killed in last year's bloody rampage at a San Francisco high-rise filed lawsuits Wednesday against manufacturers of the semiautomatic weapons used in the shootings. The novel suits, a new tactic in the war against guns, are similar to legal actions brought by smokers against cigarette companies. The lawsuits charge that the gun manufacturers were negligent in selling the weapons to the public because they have no legitimate civilian use.
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January 15, 1994 | From Associated Press
Three tourists were shot and wounded early Friday in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, the latest in a series of attacks on visitors during the past six months. At least two victims in the 2 a.m. shooting outside a bar appeared to have been bystanders, San Francisco police Inspector James Spillane said. Nobody has been arrested. The trouble began when an argument erupted at closing time between two men walking their dogs and a group of about 20 patrons leaving the bar, Spillane said.
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