College Athlete Shot Dead While Playing 'Pokemon Go' In San Francisco

A college baseball player was playing "Pokemon Go" in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf on Sunday night when he was unexpectedly shot in the chest.

Calvin Riley

A 20-year-old college student ready to begin his second year playing baseball and studying kinesiology at San Joaquin Delta College was tragically shot on Sunday near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf while playing “Pokemon Go.”

Calvin Riley was catching Pokemon at Aquatic Park, a typically safe, populated tourist area that was lively with activity even at 10 p.m. when he was shot in the chest.

Police are baffled by the circumstances surrounding the shooting—Sgt. Robert Jansing, a U.S. Park Police investigator, commented that it “made no sense,” according to SF Gate. 

No suspects have been identified or arrested, although due to the crowded area, police are hoping to find witnesses. "There’s a good chance someone saw something,” Jansing said.

A GoFundMe page was set up for Riley’s funeral  by his cousin, who wrote that, “When we got a call at 4:30 am saying he's gone, I thought I was having a bad dream.”

This is not the first time tragedy has stemmed from playing “Pokemon Go.”  A 21-year-old in Oregon was stabbed while he was heading to a Pokestop at 1 a.m. and ran into a man with a knife. Another player in San Jose was slashed across the face when the assailant thought he was recording him on video.

Playing "Pokemon Go” certainly comes with its fair share of risks, but getting shot in a crowded area with hundreds tourists is something no player would ever expect.

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