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South Berkeley Man Killed; Police Reveal Few Details

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday February 26, 2008

Callers flooded the police switchboard moments before midnight Sunday with reports of shots fired in the 1500 block of Harmon Street. 

When police arrived three minutes later, they found a young man lying on the sidewalk, bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds, said Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Greenwood. 

Rushed to Highland Hospital’s emergency room, he was pronounced dead minutes later. 

The victim has been identified as Brandon Terrell Jones, 29, a South Berkeley resident.  

Greenwood declined to release more details of the shooting late Monday afternoon. 

“Homicide investigators are continuing to work the case, but if more time goes by and we don’t develop any leads, we may release additional information,” he said. 

Jones is the city’s third violent death for the year, all in South Berkeley.  

Kent Evans, 44, died Jan. 3 from stab wounds incurred in a dispute outside an Adeline Street bar 12 days earlier. A suspect has been charged in that case, which apparently began when the suspect made disparaging remarks about Evans’ companion. 

The second death was that of Anita Gay, who was fatally shot by a Berkeley police officer Jan. 16 following a disturbance outside her apartment on Ward Street. That shooting is currently under investigation by Berkeley police and the Alameda County district attorney’s office.