For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Mary Kusmiss, BPD Sergeant/PIO S-6, (510) 981-5780
2012-03-30 INVESTIGATION CONTINUES IN FATAL SHOOTING
Berkeley, California (Friday, March 30, 2012) - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting death of a man on Oregon Street near Sacramento Street.
At about 7:34 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012, the BPD Public Safety Communications Center began receiving calls of possible gunshots heard in the areas around and including the 2800 block of Sacramento Street. Responding officers located a victim lying in the roadway on Oregon Street, west of Sacramento Street. Officers determined the male victim had been shot. Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) personnel treated the victim. BFD paramedics transported the victim to a local trauma center, where he was pronounced dead.
During the course of their investigation, officers learned that two men had walked out of a corner store when they were confronted by a small group of subjects, at least one of whom was armed. The men who had come out of the store began to run away and a suspect began firing, hitting the victim. The suspects then fled the scene.
Homicide detectives have been working on this investigation throughout the night and morning. One arrest has been made. Due to the active, ongoing investigation, we are not releasing any further details at this time. BPD does not believe that this was a random shooting.
BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this homicide to call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD non emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to an arrest and prosecution of the suspect or suspects in any crime.
This is the third homicide in Berkeley in 2012.