Police seek witnesses in Twin Peaks homicide

San Francisco police are looking for witnesses to a shooting that killed a 71-year-old man at the Twin Peaks lookout Sunday morning.

The man, identified by the medical examiner’s office as San Francisco resident Edward French, was shot shortly before 8 a.m. in the Twin Peaks lookout area, according to police.

French was discovered by a jogger, who told police he heard a gunshot before coming across the unconscious man on the ground, Officer Robert Rueca said.

The jogger began administering CPR. A marked patrol car passing through the area saw him and came to his aid, calling for an ambulance.

French was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was found to have suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Rueca said there are surveillance cameras in the area, but investigators have not yet determined if any of them captured any part of the shooting.

Police do not know whether French was in the area with a vehicle or had traveled on foot, but he appeared to have been alone.

The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. Police do not have information on a possible motive or suspect at this point, and are searching for witnesses who might have seen the shooting or observed any suspects in the area.

The last homicide at the Twin Peaks lookout took place on Valentine’s Day last year, when two Santa Rosa residents, Julio Peraza, 21, and Rene Mora, 19, were killed and a third person injured in a 2 a.m. shooting.

Richmond resident Richard Contreras, 28, was arrested in the case and faces multiple felony charges including murder, attempted murder, carjacking and vehicle theft. He remains in custody without bail and his next court date is Aug. 4.

Rueca said police are aware of a recent rash of auto burglaries in the area.

In response to public security concerns, uniformed police officers will be posted to the Twin Peaks area 24/7 until further notice, he said.