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Video: Man admits to shooting, killing stranger at San Francisco pier

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A man accused of shooting and killing a young woman at San Francisco’s Pier 14 admitted to the crime and talked about where he got the gun.

Francisco Sanchez, 45, says he didn’t recall every detail about what happened on Wednesday.

However, he did admit to taking the life of a 31-year-old woman to KGO.

Reporter: “Did you shoot Kate Steinle, the lady who was down at Pier 14?”

Sanchez: “Yes.”

Reporter: “You did shoot her?”

Sanchez: “Mm hmm,” nodding.

Steinle was shot and killed while at the pier with her father.

Sanchez says the shooting was an accident and that he was wandering on the pier after taking sleeping pills that he found in a dumpster.

Reporter: “Where did you get the gun?”

Sanchez: “In the ground. When the… when the… over there in the bench, I put my leg and I see the one t-shirt and then see over there something like that.”

He claims the gun was wrapped in a t-shirt and it went off when he picked it up.

“Then suddenly, I heard that boom, boom, three times,” Sanchez said.

However, he told police that he was shooting at sea lions.

He claims he kicked the gun into the San Francisco Bay and walked off, not knowing he shot someone until he was arrested a few hours later.

Steinle was killed after she was shot one time in the chest.

“The victim said something to her family members to the extent that she didn’t feel well,” said Sgt. Mike Andraychak. “Like she realized something had taken place with respect to her and she fell to the ground.”

“You can feel she was fighting, gasping for every breath,” said Jim Steinle, Kate’s father.

Jim Steinle says he was with Kate at the time, saying they met up for dinner before they were supposed to head to Kate’s brother’s house.

He says there were no words exchanged between her and Sanchez.

“I have a little solace that I was with her. But I also have overwhelming grief of the thought of the moment she was shot,” he said.

Authorities say Sanchez is in the country illegally, adding that he has been deported to Mexico five times.

Reporter: “Why did you keep coming back to the U.S.? Why did you come back to San Francisco?”

Sanchez: “Because I’m looking for jobs in the restaurant or roofing, landscaping or construction.”

Sanchez says he knew San Francisco was a sanctuary city, where he would not be pursued by immigration officials.

He says he hopes the courts give him the harshest punishment, adding that he wants to tell Steinle’s family that he doesn’t want to live.

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