71-year old photographer Edward French was shot and killed on 16th July, Sunday at around 7:30 am at the scenic Twin Peaks viewpoint in San Francisco. The apparent motive behind the murder seems to be robbery.
French’s camera and equipment were reported missing. The robbers were later identified as a young man in his early 20s weighing 170 pounds with shoulder length dreadlocks and a woman, about 5 foot 3 inches in her late teens, weighing 120 pounds. They drove away in a dark grey Honda Accord, which had a rear end damage.
An early morning jogger who was nearby during the incident was the first to hear the gunfire and reach the spot where he found French lying in a pool of blood in the parking lot. The jogger performed CPR but to no avail. French was then taken to San Francisco General Hospital by the paramedics where he breathed his last.
French worked as a location scout for films and it was also probably why he was there that morning. He was taking pictures just after sunrise when he was fatally wounded.
“This killing is really tragic,…..It’s obviously not safe at Twin Peaks. This was at 8 a.m. on Sunday. I’m very concerned about it.” said San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, representative of District Eight which includes the Twin Peaks.
Not very long ago on July 1, three Bay Area residents (two men and a woman) who were taking pictures at the Twin Peaks were robbed of their cameras and phones at gunpoint reported SFGate.