College Man shot dead while playing Pokémon Go in San Francisco


A 20-year-old man died after being shot at Aquatic Park in San Francisco Saturday night.

The man was identified as Calvin Riley. His cousin said he was shot while playing Pokemon Go with a group of people.


Authorities responded to a call just before 10 PM on Saturday night when they found Riley; first aid was given to the man, but he died, police said.

Riley was walking on the promenade along the water and playing the popular cellphone game when he was gunned down. The assailant did not take any of Riley’s property or attempt to rob him, Jansing said.

As of Sunday, investigators are attempting to understand who was behind the killing and their motive. Riley’s family set up a GoFundMe page, where they wrote that he was the victim of a random shooting.

The game, which tasks players with hunting virtual “pocket monsters” by following a Google Map to real world locations called “Pokestops,” is under a microscope nationally for crimes related to the game.

Niantic, Inc., the San Francisco-based company that developed Pokemon Go for Nintendo, has added warnings to the game since it came out. In one recent software update, the game began displaying the message, “Do not trespass while playing Pokemon GO” to players each time they log into the game.

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