Kenneth Harding, 19, has been identified as the man San Francisco Police shot in Bayview.
Harding, who is a convicted pimp, tried to flee from authorities after he was questioned by two uniform officers, leading to a deadly chase.
As Reported By The Seattle PI:
A 19-year-old convicted pimp considered a person of interest in the South Seattle slaying of a pregnant teen was shot to death Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.
Killed by police after allegedly firing on officers, Seattle resident Kenneth Harding was described by San Francisco police as a person of interest in the death of Tanaya Gilbert.
Gilbert, 19, was shot to death in a car in South Seattle during a shooting that saw three others wounded. Police have been searching for her killer since; relatives previously said she may have been targeted for speaking out about an earlier shooting, or simply shot at random following a chance encounter.
Rosa Bankston, Gilbert’s aunt, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that the Seattle shooting was “a freak accident.”
“She was in a wrong place at the wrong time,” Bankston said. The shooter, she said, “had a dispute with someone on the street, and he opened fire. She was an innocent girl caught in the cross fire. It’s a sad case, just a sad case.”
Shot by San Francisco officers after attempting to sneak onto the city subway, Harding had recently been convicted of pimping a 13-year-old gild in near Seattle Center.
Harding, then 18, was initially charged with second degree rape of a child as well as attempted promoting prostitution, following allegations that he had sex with the 13-year-old whom he delivered to the Seattle Center area on Jan. 7, 2010.
In San Francisco, Harding was stopped at 4:44 p.m. by two uniformed officers conducting a fare inspection on a light rail platform.
SOURCE: Seattle PI