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SOMA double-shooting accused now facing federal firearms charges

A man who shot two men on a SOMA street with an eleven-bullet fusillade – part of an astonishing week-long spree of robbery and violence – appeared for arraignment in U.S. District Court in San Francisco today.

Deshun Augman (dob 10/29/86) laid in wait before shooting one victim sitting in a parked car and another standing nearby on 6th street on the evening of July 16, 2022. He then attempted to finish off one fallen man with a coup de grace.

Although both men were seriously wounded they survived the attack. Augman is awaiting trial on two state counts of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon relating to this incident, which was captured on surveillance camera.

Deshun Augman in Lowe’s Bayview on July 11, 2022

Five days earlier, during a scuffle with loss prevention officers at the Bayview Lowe’s store, Augman dropped a backpack that contained a loaded Smith & Wesson 3904 handgun. Prosecutors say his DNA was found on the firearm.

Augman’s Smith & Wesson handgun

A grand jury returned an indictment on May 2, 2023 relating to this, charging Augman with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Three days after the shootings Augman was arrested in the Tenderloin following the armed robbery of a liquor store in which he was alleged to be an accomplice.

Although he recognized that the defendant is in state custody, Assistant U.S. Attorney George Hageman nevertheless filed a motion asking U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler to order Augman detained.

Hageman pointed out that the defendant was a flight risk – and indeed did flee repeatedly during his crime spree. He also said that Augman “is a danger to the community by clear and convincing evidence” because “he has both a predilection for firearms and a capacity for willful, wanton violence.”

Augman was on parole when the offenses were committed.

Judge Beeler this morning ordered Augman to remain detained in state custody pending trial. He will next appear in court on June 15 2023 in Department 29 of San Francisco Superior Court.

If found guilty, the court was told, Augman faces approximately three years imprisonment on the federal firearms charges. The potential sentence for the state charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon is “greater than ten years in custody.”

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