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Five held over German tourist shooting in San Francisco

Five teenagers in the western US city of San Francisco have been detained in connection with the death of a German tourist on Sunday. The 50-year-old was killed by an apparent stray bullet during a street gunfight.

A cable car on a San Francisco street

The victim was on a multi-week holiday in California

Police in San Francisco have detained five teenagers over the death of a German tourist on the weekend, law enforcement officials in the US city said in a statement Monday.

Mechthild S., 50, was reportedly killed while walking along a street in the Theater District of the Californian city on Sunday with her husband, police said. A gunfight between rival gangs reportedly broke out nearby and she was hit by a stray bullet.

German news agency dpa reports the clash initially erupted after a quarrel between the teenagers in a club.

Her husband was unharmed but two others, a 15-year-old male and a 19-year-old female, suffered minor gunshot wounds. A police spokesman said a firearm had been seized as evidence.

Eberhard Brockmann, a spokesman for the German consulate, said the victim was "in the wrong place at the wrong time."

The German couple, from the town of Minden in North Rhine-Westphalia, were spending several weeks in California. The husband has reportedly already returned to Germany to be with his two children.

Author: Darren Mara
Editor: Martin Kuebler

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