Police Name Suspect in Sunday’s Russell Street Shooting

by Kristin McFarland
Monday July 21, 2008 - 08:36:00 AM

Berkeley police have issued a warrant for Gabriel Alejo, 18, of Berkeley, as the suspect in Sunday night’s Russell Street shooting. 

Police responded to a call reporting gunfire in the 1500 block of Russell Street shortly after 1 a.m. One man was shot in the arm and three women were hit by shrapnel in the shooting. All three victims were taken to the Alameda County hospital. Their status remains undisclosed, but Officer Andrew Frankel, the Berkeley Police Department’s public information officer, confirmed that none of the injuries was life-threatening. 

After witnesses helped identify the suspect, Berkeley police searched Alejo’s residence on 6th Street in West Berkeley later Sunday morning, but he has not yet been located.  

Frankel confirmed few details about the shooting. 

“We’re still working on the motive,” he said. 

The police describe Alejo as armed and dangerous. Homicide detectives request that anyone who has information about his whereabouts contact BPD.