San Francisco Woman Killed in Suspected Random Act of Violence

Police look for motive in alleged killer's decision to shoot Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 in San Francisco.
3:54 | 07/04/15

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you. There is outrage across the country after a terrifying attack at a popular tourist attraction in San Francisco. It left a young woman dead. Murdered right in front of her father. Officials believe that it was a random act, the suspect is a convicted felon and undocumented immigrant who some say should have never been back on the streets. We get more on this from aditi Roy. Good morning, aditi. Reporter: Good morning, Paula. A really sad story here in San Francisco. The suspected shooter remains here at the county jail this morning as questions swirl about why he was free on the streets in the first place. I had the best sister. Reporter: This morning friends and family of 32-year-olds Kathryn Steinle grieving her loss asking what more could have been done to prevent her death in her father's arms at one of San Francisco's most popular tourist spots. I could feel she was fighting grasping for every breath and I wouldn't expect anything less from her. Reporter: According to police 45-year-old Francis so Sanchez has confessed to Steinle's murder. I don't know that I can forgive him right now. Reporter: Sanchez a Mexican national here illegally is a convicted felon with a violent past. Federal authorities say he has been deported five times and should have been behind bars in evacuate instead of free to kill her in broad daylight Wednesday. We got one victim, gunshot wound to the back. Reporter: Customs enforcement saying after Sanchez was released from prison in March their officers handed him over to local law enforcement for outstanding drug charges with one request, if he were to be released again, I.C.E. Officers be notified. After the drug charges were dropped they had no legal basis to held him without a court order. We have a city law, city ordinance which makes it very clear that we don't turn people over to I.C.E. Reporter: That policy now being questioned. Immigration authorities saying the refusal to detain Sanchez illustrates the importance of jurisdictions working with I.C.E. In order to avoid needless tragedy in their communities. I'll never get to tell my sister that I love her again. Reporter: As Sanchez remains behind bars at the county jail this morning, San Francisco police say they're stepping up security patrols at the embarcadero this holiday weekend. Aditi, thank you. Such a tough story and so many questions so let's bring in former FBI profiler brad Garrett. Brad, we've got I.C.E. And the San Francisco pd pointing fingers at one another. Do you have a sense of who is actually in the wrong here or are they both in the wrong possibly? Well, I think what you've got, Dan, is two organizations that have, you know, they have a different mission. I don't think it's a matter of miscommunication as this particular person just noted on camera, they have an ordinance in San Francisco not to enforce I.C.E. Or immigration warrants. So, you know, naturally driven by a number of reasons so I think they chose not to do it and let him go and unfortunately we've had this horrible tragedy. What's the rationale behind this law that prevents the law enforcement officials in San Francisco of notifying I.C.E. Or turning somebody over to I.C.E.? Because, Dan, immigration laws are a big rub particularly in ethnically diverse communities obviously like San Francisco and so the police want to separate themselves from doing immigration enforcement because it causes such consternation in various communities within San Francisco. They are there to build a relationship with the community, not keep it in fear and that's really the big issue here. Whoever is right, one woman is dead and there are a lot of questions being asked this morning. Brad Garrett, we appreciate your guidance on this Saturday morning. Thank you very much and now

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