Man Drives to Hospital after Being Shot in Berkeley, Expected to Survive

Friday April 04, 2008

Bay City News 


A man who sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being shot in broad daylight in Berkeley Wednesday drove himself to the hospital, police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said. 

According to Kusmiss, Berkeley police received several 911 calls beginning at 12:22 p.m. reporting gunshots in the 3300 block of Adeline Street at Alcatraz Avenue. 

When officers arrived, they were told by witnesses that a white Ford Mustang convertible that may have had its windows shot out left the area soon after the gunshots were heard. 

The male adult victim, who was the driver of the Mustang, reportedly drove himself to the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for treatment of a single gunshot wound to the lower part of his body, Kusmiss said. 

The wound did not appear to be life-threatening and the victim was transported to Highland General Hospital. Berkeley police officers went to the hospital to get information about the shooting, said Kusmiss, but the man would not share many details. 

Officers searching the scene found a bullet hole in an unoccupied vehicle parked nearby, said Kusmiss. 

“Daytime shootings in Berkeley are not common, and given the amount of vehicle traffic and pedestrian traffic—it’s the lunch hour, people going to shops—it’s a great concern to us and a great concern in the community,” she said. 

Some witnesses told police they saw a gray or silver Pontiac Grand Am leave the area around the time of the shooting, but police don’t yet know if there is a connection between the vehicle and the incident, according to Kusmiss. 

“We are appreciative of the witnesses that came forward and shared what they saw because each one shared a piece of the early investigation,” said Kusmiss.