We recently posted a light-hearted piece highlighting a Chinese public service announcement on the public dangers of playing Pokemon Go (see: "China Unveils 'Pokemon Go Danger' Public Service Announcement"). Turns out we didn't take the warning seriously enough. According to reports from San Francisco the popular game has claimed its first fatality. College student Calvin Riley was shot in the back while playing the game at around 10pm in a park near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. According to the New York Daily News:
A 20-year-old man was shot dead while playing Pokémon Go at a dark San Francisco park late Saturday, relatives said.
The armed assailant allegedly watched San Joaquin Delta College student-athlete Calvin Riley from afar as he and his friend played the popular game in the Aquatic Park near Fisherman’s Wharf at around 10 p.m., according to KGO-TV.
The duo paid no mind to the suspicious person and went back to catching the fanciful creatures on their phones.
Moments later, the San Mateo, Calif., man was fatally shot after wandering ahead of his friend, said John Kirby, who spoke to the television station on behalf of the victim’s parents.
"From what we know, there was no confrontation. There was nothing said back and forth,” Kirby said. “It was just senseless ... just came up and shot in the back and ran away for nothing.”