A man has been shot dead on San Francisco’s waterfront while playing Pokémon Go, authorities have said.
Calvin Riley, 20, was shot on Saturday night by a hitherto unidentified assailant at Aquatic Park near Ghirardelli Square, the US Park police confirmed.
A family friend, John Kirby, told local station KGO-TV that Riley and another friend were out playing Pokémon Go when the former was shot.
“From what we know there was no confrontation. There was nothing said back and forth. It was just senseless, just came up and shot in the back and ran away for nothing,” Kirby said.
Kirby said Riley and his friend had noticed someone watching them from the top of a hill that overlooks the park, but it was dark and they were mostly focused on their phones.
The National Park Service spokesman Lynn Cullivan informed that investigators believe there are many witnesses to the attack because the killing happened in the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf area.
Sergeant Robert Jansing, a detective with the US Park police, stated that the gunman did not attempt to take any of Riley’s belongings or to mug him.
It’s uncertain whether the attack on Riley had anything to do with Pokémon Go.
But the game’s popularity and necessity to walk around has caused inadvertent effects in everyday life. Property owners have been complaining of players trespassing and damaging their grounds, and many players have also been injured or robbed as they focus on the game.
Law enforcement officials have already issued several warnings about the game’s dangers, saying players can and do become too engrossed in the game and go out of tune with their surroundings.