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Student shot dead playing Pokemon Go at tourist attraction

Calvin Riley Credit: Delta College Mustangs

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

Calvin Riley was shot on Saturday night at Aquatic Park, close to Ghiradelli Square, a tourist attraction filled with shops and restaurants.

A family friend told KGO-TV that the 20-year-old and a friend were playing the virtual reality game, when someone came up and shot the San Joaquin Delta College baseball player 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, family friend

Mr Kirby added that the pair 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 phones.

National Park Service spokesperson, Lynn Cullivan, said investigators believe there are witnesses to the attack as it happened in the busy Fisherman's Wharf area.

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

Players have been warned about the possible dangers of the games, saying users can become engrossed in the game and tune out from their surroundings.

In July three teenagers had their mobiles stolen at gunpoint while playing the game, while players in Somerset had to be rescued by the coastguard after almost being cut off by the rising tide.