News crews in San Francisco pistol-whipped, robbed during report on fatal shooting

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SAN FRANCISCO (July 3, 2015) — It’s one of San Francisco’s busiest tourist destinations — Pier 14 — where people gather to take in the waterfront views, and where families push strollers at all hours.

And now it’s the scene of a fatal shooting of a woman, allegedly by a man who police say she didn’t know.

The killing of Kate Steinle happened Wednesday evening, while there was still daylight. Photos taken by witnesses helped police arrest the suspect, Francisco Sanchez, about an hour later while he was walking on a sidewalk a few blocks away.

The victim’s mother tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the killing was unbelievable and surreal. She says her 32-year-old daughter pleaded with her father for help after she was shot. He began CPR before paramedics rushed her to the hospital.

Two television news crews that were reporting on the killing were later mugged at the scene, with a masked gunman pistol-whipping a camera operator. The robber took cameras from KNTV and KTVU before he jumped into a black BMW and fled.

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