Student shot dead while playing Pokemon Go

Young Pokemon Go Player Shot

A college student has been shot dead while playing Pokemon Go at a San Francisco tourist attraction.

Authorities said 20-year-old Calvin Riley was shot on Saturday night by an unknown assailant at Aquatic Park near Ghiradelli Square.

The US Park Police and local homicide detectives are investigating what led to the shooting.

Riley was shot at a tourist attraction along San Francisco's waterfront
Riley was shot at a tourist attraction along San Francisco's waterfront ( Eric Risberg/AP)

A family friend told KGO-TV that Riley and a friend were playing the popular mobile game when someone came up and shot the young man in the back and ran away.

"From what we know there was no confrontation. There was nothing said back and forth. It was just senseless, just came up and shot in the back and ran away for nothing," John Kirby said.

He said Riley and his friend had noticed someone watching them from the top of a hill that overlooks the park, but it was dark and they were mostly looking at their mobile phones.

National Park Service spokeswoman Lynn Cullivan said investigators believe there are witnesses to the attack because it happened in the bustling Fisherman's Wharf area.

A user plays the
The student was playing Pokemon Go at the time he was killed (AP)

Sergeant Robert Jansing, a detective with the US Park Police, said the gunman did not take any of Riley's belongings or try to rob him.

Pokemon Go has become an international sensation this summer as legions of fans visit real-world landmarks in order to find and trap cartoon creatures.

But the game's popularity has created unintended consequences in everyday life. Property owners complain of players trespassing or damaging their grounds and scores of players have been injured or robbed as they stare at their phones in search of digital monsters.

Law enforcement officials have warned about the game's possible dangers, saying players can become engrossed in the game and tune out from their surroundings.

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