Castro Halloween Shooting Roundup

Aside from Joann’s reminiscence and Kathryn’s account of the subject, here’s some more information from various websites:

SFGate reports two persons of interest are in custody. The paper’s NWZCHIK blog is hosting a discussion.

In the blogosphere, SFist and Pam Spaulding have particularly active comment threads. My Technorati search didn’t turn up any first-hand accounts at post time, but this could change.

KCBS and KTVU also have stories (thanks, Mark).

Were any of you there or nearby? Is this a turning point for Halloween in the Castro, or the last gasp? What about the impact on San Francisco street-festival weirdness at large? How will this change the outcome of next week’s elections?

3 Comments so far

  1. North Dallas Thirty (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

    Wasn’t there yesterday, but, oddly enough, just based on the vibe on Saturday, you could tell something was coming. There were the usual crowds out, but I’d say less than half of them were in costume; it’s the first time I’ve ever really felt like I was in a freak show and people were there just to stare at you. The vast majority of the people I knew who live here were planning to be anywhere BUT the Castro last night — and it seems like that was a wise decision.

    My vote is for “last gasp”. The vandalism and isolated acts of fag-bashing and violence in previous years weren’t pleasant, but they were acceptable tradeoffs. Shots being fired, especially in a crowd of that size, are a whole ‘nother level. Move it to Union Square, the Embarcadero, or anywhere else where it can be controlled — and where you’re not partying around peoples’ homes.

    Relative to the election, especially considering the latest wave of crime in the Castro, I don’t think anyone’s going to buy Alix Rosenthal’s “distract them with more taxpayer-purchased entertainment and we’ll all be happy” lines. Bevan was right in the first place; this doesn’t belong in a residential district, and that’s just all there is to it.

    On the good side, however, I did find y’all….so that’s something. :)

  2. earthling (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 3:24 pm

    I had a blast last night – thank you so much for hosting the party full of great fun costumes, and entertaining characters.

    I am grateful for the 25% increase in police presence. I felt as safe as I possibly could have there, with them within in eye sight. What a difficult duty.

    Folks, such incidents happen well before you, and they, even reach the event gate.

    I can not help but step back, and wonder about the dismal direction the United States is taking in regards to gun control. If this same exact shooting occured in Japan – what would happen? Why do teens in Amsterdam, when preparing for a night out, decide not to pack and conceal weapons? Why do American teens (feel the need to) wander around playing with guns in the first place? Total disgrace.

    This incident has absolutely nothing to do with the Castro. It is not about Halloween. Kids shooting kids was not brought on by the legacy of the Castro halloween party. It has everything to do with our inability to crack down on gun use, and prevent guns from being an available option for youth. Guns are ruining *every day* life in San Francisco (San Jose, CA et al). How can we keep these weak punks in line, and guns off the streets? When will this epidemic stop?.

  3. Mark (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

    Here’s another update on sfgate as of 3:35 pm:
    Thrown bottle led to shooting

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