Pier 14 Shooting: Handgun belonged to federal agent

Francisco Sanchez
This undated photo released by the San Francisco Police Department shows Francisco Sanchez. A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Pier 14 in San Francisco and died at a hospital. Police arrested Sanchez about an hour after the shooting. (San Francisco Police Department via AP)



SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — KRON 4 has learned that the gun used to kill a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s Pier 14 belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter told Associated Press on Tuesday.

Francisco Sanchez is accused of shooting and killing Kathryn Steinle at the Pier 14 dock along the Embarcadero. He has been formally charged with murder.

The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity, said a police check of the weapon’s serial number shows it belonged to a federal agent. The official declined to elaborate further.

A source told KRON 4 that the weapon may be the Sig Sauer pistol that was recovered by a police dive team in the bay last Thursday. The source described the weapon as being an expensive, high-end, common police gun.

But an FBI spokesman told KRON 4 it was just being made aware of the reports and is actively investigating. The FBI cannot confirm the reports that the gun used in the Pier 14 shooting was that of a federal agent, the spokesman said.

Steinle was with her father and a family friend at the time of the shooting. Steinle was shot in the upper torso. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where she died.

Sanchez told a San Francisco news crews during a jailhouse interview that he found a gun wrapped inside a shirt and when he picked it up, he heard three shots go off.

Police say witnesses did not hear any argument or dispute before the shooting happened, suggesting it may have been a random attack.

Sanchez, a 45-year-old repeat drug offender, entered a not guilty plea in court on Tuesday and his bail was set at $5 million dollars.

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