San Francisco police have arrested an 18-year-old city resident in the slaying of Jace Young, a 6-year-old boy who was gunned down in the Bayview district while watching Fourth of July fireworks.
James Harbor was arrested Wednesday afternoon, after officers from San Francisco police’s homicide, special investigations and tactical units served search and arrest warrants at the 100 block of Font Boulevard in San Francisco, police said Wednesday.
Jace’s family said the arrest is the first step to justice for the young “bright star” and computer whiz who they described as intelligent and empathetic beyond his years.
“An arrest is good, but this is just the beginning,” Jace’s dad, Jason Young, said Wednesday evening. “We still need to find out what happened on the Fourth of July for it to even mean anything, but the charges and making them stick are what’s more important. Just to get justice for this little boy.”
Jace’s Bayview killing shocked a community long plagued with gun violence and bloodshed, and spurred urgent calls for justice from city leaders including Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Shamann Walton.
Social justice activists said the shooting was a wake-up call for San Francisco, arguing for more gun control and more services and funding directed toward San Francisco’s Black youth.
In August, San Francisco police announced a $100,000 reward to anyone with information leading to arrest and conviction of Jace’s killer.
At about 10:44 p.m. on July 4, San Francisco police were dispatched to a call of a shooting near the 1200 block of Ingalls Street, where they found Jace and 39-year-old male suffering from gunshot wounds. The man was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police at the time said they did not believe that Jace or the man were the intended targets, and that they were both innocent bystanders hit by gunfire.
Booking charges for Harbor were not immediately available.
District Attorney Chesa Boudin said he was proud of the work of his homicide team in partnership with San Francisco police’s homicide inspectors.
“Tonight’s arrest is a first critical step in bringing justice to the Young family and is an example of what we can achieve when we work together,” he said.