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San Francisco Pier Shooting: Gun Registered to Federal Agent, Sources Say

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Jul 2015 12:17 PM

The gun used in the fatal San Francisco pier shooting last week was registered to a federal agent and had been stolen during a car burglary in June, according to sources that are close to the investigation.

On July 1, 45-year-old Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, an illegal immigrant, was charged with shooting and killing Kathryn Steinle, 32, while she was walking with her father along the pier, according to The Associated Press. Sanchez had previously faced a long history of felony convictions and has been deported back to his native Mexico five times.

The serial number of the .40-caliber pistol used in the shooting showed that it belonged to a federal agent, anonymous sources close to the investigation who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter said on Tuesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Other sources said that the gun was not the agent’s official gun, but that it was reported as stolen in a car burglary in June.

Although Sanchez pleaded not guilty to charges for first-degree murder, he said that he found the gun wrapped inside a shirt on a bench at the pier, according to Fox News. When he picked it up, it started to fire on its own. he said, adding that he heard three shots and that he was on sleeping pills at the time.

This fatal shooting has helped bring debates over illegal immigration policies to the forefront of American politics during this election cycle. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that San Francisco “made a mistake” in not adhering to the immigration authorities in this case, according to The Washington Post.

“Well, what should be done is any city should listen to the Department of Homeland Security, which as I understand it, urged them to deport this man again after he got out of prison another time,” Clinton said. “The city made a mistake, not to deport someone that the federal government strongly felt should be deported. So I have absolutely no support for a city that ignores the strong evidence that should be acted on,” she added.

San Francisco is deemed a “sanctuary city” and does not usually cooperate with enforcement measures recommended by immigration officials, according to The Washington Post. Prior to the shooting, Sanchez had been released from custody after San Francisco authorities ignored a federal immigration request to notify the officials before his release.

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The gun used in the fatal San Francisco pier shooting last week was registered to a federal agent and had been stolen during a car burglary in June, according to sources that are close to the investigation.
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