CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1996 |
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.
July 1, 1995 |
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.
January 20, 1995 |
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.
November 15, 1994 |
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.
November 14, 1994 |
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.
May 19, 1994 |
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.