According to a Bay Area news portal, the moments immediately following the stabbing attack on Cash App founder Bob Lee in San Francisco were captured by surveillance video as well as a 911 call made to authorities.
The San Francisco Standard reviewed the surveillance footage taken early Tuesday in the Rincon Hill area. It shows Lee alone walking down Main Street with his phone in one hand, while gripping his side.
The Standard reports that the video shows Lee walking up the street, stopping at a Toyota Camry parked with its hazard light flashing. He raises his shirt to appear as if he is asking the driver for assistance. The driver of the Toyota pulled the car off and Lee fell to the ground. Lee gets up and walks a little before collapsing in front of a building.
The Standard reviewed the 911 records for a call Lee made to 911 at 2:34 am on Tuesday morning, screaming "Help! Someone stabbed me!"
The Standard doesn't indicate from where the surveillance footage was taken and it's not clear which time period it captures following Lee being stabbed.
San Francisco Police didn't immediately answer questions about the 911 call and video, but department chief William Scott issued a statement on Wednesday expressing his condolences for Lee's death to the family.
This investigation is still in its early stages. We will not speculate or comment on the evidence in this case.
"This kind of violent crime is not tolerated in our city."
"Something's not working in our grey City"
London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco, released a statement on Wednesday in which she called Lee's death a 'horrible tragedy'. She also emphasized her commitment to putting safety first in a city whose recovery from the pandemic has been marked by a rise in crime.
Mayor Breed stated in a press release that San Francisco prioritizes public safety. The city recently passed a budget supplement to ensure we have enough police officers to patrol our neighborhoods, and investigate violent crimes when they occur.
San Francisco District attorney Brooke Jenkins released a press release in response to Lee’s death. She first extended her condolences and then reiterated her commitment to ‘protecting the public safety.
In a tweet thread posted Wednesday afternoon, she stated that 'protecting public safety and holding violent/repeat criminals accountable' was a priority of her administration. No one who is a violent criminal or a repeat offender will receive a plea deal that's too lenient.
Her comments seem to be a response to Twitter's billionaire new owner Elon Musk. Musk responded to Jenkins' tweets on Wednesday, as he was reacting to the news of Jenkins' death. The news sent shockwaves throughout the tech world and beyond.
Musk asked Jenkins if the city was taking a stronger action to incarcerate violent repeat offenders.
According to preliminary police data, there were 12 homicides reported in San Francisco in this year. This is an increase of 20% over the same period last year. San Francisco will have 56 homicides, which is the same number as 2021.
Josh Goldbard - the CEO of MobileCoin - the company that employed Lee - reflected on his loss in a Twitter post. He also called for 'fixing' the problems in his hometown.
He wrote: 'As an avid Bay Area resident, I have many more questions than answers.' 'I'm not sure what is wrong but I do know that something isn’t working in this grey city.
He added, 'Bob has left this world far too early'.