San Francisco College Student Fatally Shot While Playing Pokémon Go

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Also: Car accident in Pennsylvania, life-saving incident in the Philippines involving game

A college student was fatally shot in San Francisco on Saturday while playing the Pokémon Go augmented reality game.

Police stated that 20-year old Calvin Riley, a San Mateo high school graduate and Delta College baseball player, was playing the game before being shot just before 10:00 p.m. on Saturday near Aquatic Park. Police have not yet named or arrested a suspect. Police have not said whether the game was a possible factor in Riley's shooting.

U.S. Park Police stated that the park had a large volume of foot traffic at the time, including tourists, and other pockets of people playing the game.

Riley's family have set up a fundraising site to fund Riley's funeral.

Elsewhere, in Tarentum, Pennsylvania, a 15-year old girl was involved in a car accident on July 12 while also playing Pokémon Go. High school student Autumn Diesroth borrowed her mother's phone to play the game. 30 minutes later, a vehicle struck her while she was crossing the street. Diesroth was hospitalized with a collarbone injury, a foot injury, and several cuts and bruises.

In Davao City, Philippines, where Pokémon Go launched on Saturday, a player of the game assisted a man suffering from heatstroke. 29-year old Bon Vallite was playing the game when he saw a man vomiting blood and in weak condition. He administered first aid on the man and called 911.

The Pokémon Go app launched in select countries including the United States on July 6, and has since launched in more than 50 countries, including in 15 Southeast Asian countries on Saturday. Iran has banned the game due to "security concerns."

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate (Evan Sernoffsky), WPXI, GMA News (Ferdinandh Cabrera, Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez)

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