Two Men Injured in South Berkeley Drive-by Shooting

By Richard Brenneman
Friday June 02, 2006

Two self-professed gang members were wounded in a drive-by shooting in South Berkeley Monday night—and neither one is talking to police. 

Neither of the victims, a 21-year-old Berkeley man and a 20-year-old man from Richmond, “seems very interested in talking to us,” said Berkeley Police spokesperson Ed Galvan. 

The two were drinking in front of a Russell Street apartment next to the corner of Sacramento Street—an area that has seen several violent incidents over the last year. 

A car drove by and at least five pistol shots were fired at the pair, striking both men without inflicting life-threatening injuries, Galvan said. 

One neighbor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, reported that at least nine rounds were fired during the 10:55 p.m. drive-by. 

Both victims were rushed to an emergency room, Galvan said, and both were expected to be released from the hospital by this afternoon (Friday). 

Galvan confirmed the neighbor’s account that a white car was seen leaving the scene within moments of the shooting. 

The injured Berkeley man was not a resident of the neighborhood where he was shot, added Galvan.