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Press Contact: Byron White, Berkeley Police Department, (510) 9815780

RECENT SHOOTINGS NEAR SACRAMENTO STREET AND ASHBY AVENUE

Berkeley, California (Friday, September 23, 2016) - Berkeley Police increased patrols and investigations this week in the area near Sacramento Street and Ashby Avenue as detectives work to identify and apprehend suspects behind a series of shootings.

We ask community members to quickly report any disputes or altercations, especially if a firearm is seen. Community members can also play a crucial role in locating evidence, and providing information such as newly discovered damage or providing information or home video surveillance recordings.  If they can provide this type of information they encouraged to call our Homicide Unit at (510)981-5741 or send an email to police@cityofberkely.info

Some of the shootings have resulted in injuries, including one Wednesday at about 5:40 pm, after which a 16-year-old male who lived outside Berkeley was dropped off at a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Multiple residents reported gunfire, resulting in immediate response from Berkeley Police.  

BPD officers quickly determined that this shooting and several others appear to have involved two groups shooting at each other.  This does not appear to have been a random act, but rather an incident involving two groups of individuals targeting each other. This shooting is one of several shootings, including the murder of Alex Goodwin, that have occurred in this area during the summer. In each incident, our officers and investigators have worked to gather evidence, locate and interview witnesses, and identify potential suspects. Investigators are looking at potential connections between these cases.

Berkeley Police are taking a focused approach to enforcement. A very small number of people are involved causing the problems.

Additionally, we would like to remind the public that the City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the death of Alex Goodwin Jr. 22, of Berkeley.  Goodwin was shot and killed in the area of Burnett Street and Mabel Street on August 19, 2016.  Detectives continue to investigate this homicide to determine if it is related to other recent shootings.

 ·         For Emergencies, dial 9-1-1

 ·         For Non-Emergencies and to make police reports, dial (510) 981-5900.

 ·         To make a report with BPD's Online Report system, visit   

            www.cityofberkeley.info/onlinereport



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