‘Pokemon Go’ player shot at San Francisco park

Published on : Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Aquatic Park, San FranciscoA family friend and authorities said that a 20-year-old man was shot dead while he was playing the popular game Pokemon Go at a tourist attraction that is close to San Francisco’s waterfront on Saturday night.


On Sunday, the U.S. Park police said that an unknown man had shot Calvin Riley at Aquatic Park that is near Ghiradelli Square. The attack has been termed as a ‘random’ one by a family friend.


Calvin Riley was playing the mobile video game along with a friend when suddenly, a man shot Riley from behind his back, said John Kirby.


John Kirby said that the attack was devoid of any confrontation between the assailant and the victim. Nothing had been said and the unknown man just appeared behind Riley, shot him and ran away.


Kirby also added that Calvin Riley and his friend had observed somebody staring at them from the top of a certain hill that is near the park. However, they were actually absorbed in their cellphones, busy playing the game.


Lynn Cullivan, spokesperson, National Park said that there might be witnesses to the incident simply because it occurred on the Fisherman Wharf’s area that is quite busy.


Robert Jansing, detective, U.S. Park police said that the culprit did not make attempts to rob Riley and neither did he snatch any of his belongings.


The victim was a graduate from high school that is based in San Mateo and represented the basketball team at San Joaquin Delta College. Reed Peters, the school coach said that Riley was a great competitor and a good student.


The police are yet to determine if the attack was linked to the game Pokemon Go that has taken the world by storm.



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