Wave of Violence as First Lady Visits San Francisco

Two shot, one stabbed hours before First Lady's visit

By Derek Highsmith
|  Tuesday, Jun 23, 2009  |  Updated 8:23 AM PDT
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Wave of Violence as First Lady Visits San Francisco

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First Lady arrives at an embarrassing time.

San Francisco police are investigating a drive-by shooting and a stabbing, both of which occured just hours before First Lady Michelle Obama's first visit to San Francisco.

At 12:50 a.m. 49-year-old Douglas Johnson was stabbed while exiting his car in the 1600 block of La Salle Avenue in San Francisco's Bayview district. The San Francisco resident was pronounced dead at the scene, just a mile and a half from Bret Harte Elementary School, where Obama spoke hours later Monday.

Johnson got out of the passenger seat of a car to speak with the mid-40s suspect, who later stabbed him in the chest. No arrests have been made but police are investigating and have witnesses in the case.

A few hours earlier, just before 9 p.m. Sunday, two people were injured in a drive-by shooting near Eddy and Laguna streets in central San Francisco. One of the victims sustained a shot to the thigh, the other to their ankle. Both are expected to survive. A suspect was detained after they took off in a car and subsequently crashed at Eddy and Gough into two parked cars.

The First Lady visited San Francisco to promote her husband's community service program, "United We Serve". Obama greeted 500 volunteers Bret Harte Elementary who have been restoring the school's playground. Obama and California First Lady Maria Shriver helped volunteers install a slide at the school.

The First Lady traveled to San Francisco to give a speech at the keynote for the National Conference on Volunteering and Service taking place in the city's Moscone Convention Center.

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