Kenneth Harding Identified as Man Shot and Killed by SFPD
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Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters on Sunday that Harding was wanted for questioning in the homicide of Gilbert, who was pregnant. He had just been released from jail in King County in Washington state, where he had been convicted of sex crimes, according to news outlets.
The man was chased by police officers in the Bayview after he tried to dodge paying his Muni fare.
Two police officers had stopped Harding on the Third Street light rail platform near Oakdale and Palou avenues. He started running, pulled out a gun, and began firing at officers over his shoulder as he continued sprinting toward Mendell Plaza, according to police.
"He was shooting indiscriminately, more than one time," Suhr told reporters. "He fired at them, they fired back. That is what officers are going to do. If you fire at the police, they are going to shoot back."
Angry crowds gathered around Harding. Later that night, protesters gathered in the Mission, rallying against what they say was a racially motivated shooting.
The shooting came just two weeks after BART officers killed 45-year-old Charles Hill on the Civic Center platform. Officers claim the transient was armed with knives and was using his alcohol bottle as a weapon.
Warning: Below is a video of the shooting incident that was taken by a bystander at the scene this weekend. It is extremely graphic. However, SF Weekly is posting it to give readers the full story of the shooting in the Bayview.