Surveillance footage of the fatal shooting last month of a college student on a crowded San Francisco commuter train showed dozens of passengers too absorbed in their phones to notice the accused gunman as he openly brandished a weapon, officials said.
Recently released footage from a Muni security camera shows the alleged shooter as he pulled out a .45-caliber pistol, brandished it openly, pointed it across the aisle and continued to pull it out multiple times –even wiping his nose with the gun.
Nikhom Thephakaysone, 30, is accused of shooting and killing San Francisco State University student Justin Valdez “for no apparent reason” as the 20-year-old sophomore was getting off the train near the campus, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said surveillance video showed people within feet of the accused shooter texting and talking on their phones at the time of the Sept. 23 incident, not noticing the man brandishing a gun close by.
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