Around 12:30 a.m. on the morning of May 28, police officers arrived at La Oficina, a bar at 4234 Mission Street in the Outer Mission/Excelsior, to find bar patron Alvaro Palma, 30, fatally shot. As SFist reported at the time, a 45-year-old suspect was immediately taken into custody, and that turns out to be David Sanchez, who works as a security guard at the bar. Sanchez was not immediately charged in the homicide, but as the Examiner reports, he was finally arraigned on Monday on "five felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with the homicide." Meanwhile, Supervisor Ahsha Safai, who represents this neighborhood, tells the paper that he plans to ask the Entertainment Commission to revoke the bar's permit though it's unclear why he might not also be going to the ABC to have the liquor license revoked as well.
"There's been a lot of complaints and problems with this bar,” Safai tells the Examiner. "But this is such an egregious act a murder that I believe that it just needs to be shut down."
Safai also points to the family of Palma, who have been campaigning to shut down the bar, and seeking justice for Palma's death.
The bar was issued its last entertainment permit in 2014, and Safai says there have been problems with the bar, according to neighbors, since a new owner took over.
In addition to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed firearm, Sanchez is now charged Sanchez with felony murder, assault causing great bodily injury with a firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and unlawful possession for sale of a controlled substance.
A bartender at the bar who was working at the time, Ramiro Estrada, told the Examiner that he didn't see the shooting.