Police Arrest Two Suspects in West Berkeley Shooting

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday January 12, 2009 - 11:03:00 AM

Berkeley police have arrested Berkeley residents Rhonda Reid, 47, and Lee Freddy Green, 50, for the attempted murder of William Payton on Sunday night. They are being held without bail, authorities said Monday. 

Payton, 37, also a Berkeley resident, was taken to Highland Hospital for treatment after he was discovered suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He is listed in critical condition. 

Berkeley police spokesperson Andrew Frankel said that the department received a 911 call at 8:15 p.m. Sunday regarding vandalism on the 1100 block of Parker St. When officers reached the area, they heard sounds of gunfire somewhere on the 2500 block of 10th St. while they were looking for the people involved in the argument. 

“After searching the area they found an adult male victim who apparently had been hit several times by gunfire lying on the sidewalk on the west side of the Bank of America Parking lot at 2546 San Pablo Ave.,” Frankel said. 

Frankel did not say how many times Payton, who apparently lives near the scene of the argument, had been shot or whether a weapon had been recovered at the scene. 

Berkeley police officers, assisted by a crime unit from Richmond and a helicopter from the California Highway Patrol, started combing the area, but came up empty. The team then began a neighborhood canvas, during which they went door to door taking to neighbors, asking if they had heard anything suspicious. 

Police detained Reid near the scene of the crime and arrested her at 9:28 p.m. Sunday. 

Homicide detectives searched for a second suspect at an address on the 2700 block of Wallace St. based on information gathered throughout the night, and served a search warrant at that address at 6:43 a.m. Monday morning.  

The second suspect, later identified as Green, learned that he was wanted for questioning and turned himself in at the Berkeley Public Safety Building at 10:50 a.m. Monday.