- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police Wednesday were investigating whether the killing of a woman hit by a stray bullet as she stood outside her San Francisco home with her three children is connected to a shooting that left a man dead in the same neighborhood.

Maria Lourdes Soza was hit in the head by an errant bullet fired from one of two vehicles that sped by the family’s duplex in the Bayview neighborhood. The 32-year-old mother later died at a hospital.

“My brother was crying. My sister was crying. And I was crying a lot,” Brianna Soza, 13, told the San Francisco Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1Lj8KJc ) Wednesday morning as a makeshift memorial of candles and flowers grew in front of the home.

Lourdes Soza had just picked up Brianna, her 9-year-old brother and her 3-year-old sister from school. The group, along with Lourdes Soza’s boyfriend and a neighbor, were standing in front of the home Tuesday afternoon when the two vehicles flew by and a hail of shots rang out. Witnesses say she pushed her youngest daughter out of harm’s way before being struck.

“I can’t believe I lost my mom. I can’t believe my mom just passed away,” Brianna said as tears streamed down her face.

Brianna said her mom was born and raised in Nicaragua and worked at a Subway restaurant at San Francisco International Airport.

Police are looking into whether Lourdes Soza’s death was linked to the arrival of a blood-soaked woman at a nearby restaurant minutes later.

About 10 minutes after Lourdes Soza was shot, the woman went into a restaurant and told workers there was a dead person outside and employees called 911.

Restaurant worker Erika Navarrete said she looked outside and saw a body in the passenger seat of a black Acura SUV, which had at least a half dozen bullet holes in the driver’s side door and windshield.

“I got scared when I saw the body,” Navarrete said. “The police and ambulance showed up within minutes.”


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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