SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An aspiring rapper from Dallas was killed and a second man remains hospitalized Tuesday in an early morning shooting on the Bay Bridge, authorities said.
The San Francisco medical examiner’s office said the victim in Monday morning’s shooting was 31-year-old Darryl Stinnette, Jr. of Mesquite, Tex. A second man wounded remained hospitalized while a third was treated and released.
Stinnette was known as ‘Li’l Pooh’ and had been in the Dallas music scene since he was a high school student, according to KRLD 1080-AM. According to their report, Stinnette was working on his debut rap album — “Late Nights, Early Mornings” — at the time of his death.
He was also the father of a 10-year-old and a newborn.
Stinnette’s father — Darryl Stinnette, Sr. — told KPIX 5 he was in the Bay Area managing another rapper who is currently on tour.
Stinette, Sr. said his son and the other rapper were at a performance late Sunday night into Monday morning.
“They traveled all over the country doing shows,” said Stinette, Sr. And that’s what he was doing in San Francisco, doing a show. From my understanding, he was leaving a show, on his way back to the house where they were living at, and that’s when he got shot.
That show was held at a south of Market club called Harlot. At around 1 a.m., San Francisco police said somebody fired their gun here outside the club and drove away, but nobody was hit by the gunfire.
The driver sped away and was arrested when he crashed his car at 13th and South Van Ness.
Investigators have yet to release a motive for the shooting. The shooting suspect fled in the silver vehicle and remains at large.
According to CHP Officer Bert Diaz, three vehicles were traveling on eastbound Interstate Highway 80 around 2:23 a.m. The two men who were shot were riding in an SUV in the No. 5 lane, the CHP said, when an unknown vehicle pulled alongside in an unknown lane and shot at the SUV, causing it to collide with a sedan traveling in the No. 3 lane.
According to Diaz, the driver of the sedan heard several gunshots before the traffic collision.
The CHP said the driver of the SUV — Stinnette, Jr. — was pronounced dead at the scene while two other passengers in the SUV – another African-American man suffering from a gunshot wound and a white man who suffered unknown injuries – were transported to San Francisco General Hospital.
All five eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge were closed for several hours following the shooting. By 6:30 a.m., the CHP said three eastbound lanes were open. All eastbound lanes were open shortly before 8:00 a.m.
San Francisco Police said they are still investigating whether the incident where shots were fired outside the nightclub is related to the Bay Bridge shooting.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the CHP’s investigation tip line at (707) 917-4491.