A 19-year-old Berkeley man was shot Tuesday morning in the backyard of a controversial Oregon Street home that has been the subject of repeated public nuisance suits by neighbors and identified by Berkeley Police as a hot spot for drug dealers.
The victim was struck in the back yard of the house owned by Lenora Moore at 1610 Oregon St. The owner was not home at the time.
“The victim’s injuries were reported to be non-life threatening,” reported Berkeley Police spokesperson Officer Ed Galvan in a written statement.
The injured man was taken by paramedics to a local hospital, the officer said.
Police received a report of a single gunshot at 10:29 a.m. and responded to the scene.
As some officers searched the neighborhood, at least one armed with an assault rifle, others worked the crime scene and talked to the injured man and neighbors.
Homeowner Moore, 76, arrived several minutes after the shooting.
She has been sued repeatedly by neighbors who have contended that she allowed the home to be used by drug dealers, claims supported by police testimony.
Neighbors won the actions, most recently in January, when Alameda County Court Commissioner Jon Rantzman awarded 14 neighbors $5,000 a piece—a total of $70,000.
One of the plaintiffs who was present on the sidewalk across form the house Tuesday morning said Moore had paid off the judgments.