A 14-year-old suspect has been charged as an adult in the murder of 19-year-old Jaquan Rice, who was shot and killed at a Muni stop in Hunter's Point last month. The juvenile suspect and his alleged accomplice, 20-year-old Derrick Hunter, have both been charged with multiple felonies including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and dissuading a witness.
According to police reports, the two suspects exited a vehicle at the intersection of West Point and Middle Point Roads around 1 p.m. on the afternoon of June 24th. The pair allegedly walked over to the Muni shelter and shot Rice along with his 17-year-old girlfriend. Rice died from his injuries, but the girlfriend was taken to S.F. General and treated.
The young suspect's public defender said it was "an outrage" that the District Attorney's office was charging the boy as an adult. A spokesperson for D.A. Gascón's office said, "Given the facts and circumstances of this case, at this time he is charged as an adult, but it has not been decided if he will be tried as one.” District Attorneys in California can charge as young as 14 as an adult.
Arraignment for both suspects was postponed yesterday morning when the younger boy's parents missed the scheduled hearing.
The investigation is still ongoing and there is currently no word on a potential motive in the shooting.