The Nation: Fear in the Streets of San Francisco

While visiting San Francisco last week, Nelson T. Shields IV, 23, of Greenville, Del., enjoyed a game of lacrosse with friends, then gave a fellow player a hand in moving a rug. Still clad in his playing shorts, sweatshirt and tennis shoes, he leaned over the trunk of a car to make room for the rug, when three fatal pistol shots whizzed seemingly out of nowhere and hit him in the back. Shields' death was the twelfth in the series of bizarre, random "Zebra" attacks —apparently not linked with the S.L.A.—that have plagued the city for 21 terrifying weeks; six other...

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