Man Murdered in South Berkeley

By Ali Winston Special to the Planet
Tuesday May 05, 2009 - 04:08:00 PM

An 18-year-old man was murdered last night on the 1300 block of 67th Street, according to Berkeley police.  

Around 11:30 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department received calls of shots fired in the area. Officers responding to the scene found the 18-year-old in the rear yard of a residence, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Berkeley Fire Department paramedics.  

The murder was Berkeley’s second of the year.  

The shooting rattled residents of Southwest Berkeley.  

“It’s a damn shame,” said Shay, a dreadlocked young man standing with two friends on the corner of 67th and Mabel, a short distance from the crime scene. Berkeley police would not release the name of the deceased or any information about the cause of the incident.  

Another area resident named Calvin said he was lying awake in bed when he heard several gunshots fired. However, he did not see the incident, choosing to take cover instead. “I grew up in West Oakland,” Calvin said. “When you hear shots, you don’t go looking out the window.” 

Detectives are asking for the community’s help with this investigation. Anyone who may have any information regarding this crime is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at 981-5741 (office) or 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch line). Callers who wish to remain anonymous are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).