Press Release: Shooting in the 1500 Block of Fairview Street on the Night of Friday, June 3, 2011

From Sergeant Mary C. Kusmiss,City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Public Information Officer
Saturday June 04, 2011 - 08:45:00 PM

On June 3, 2011 at about 10:00 p.m., a group of young men were socializing in front of an apartment building in the 1500 block of Fairview Street in South Berkeley. City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) dispatchers received 911 calls from community members reporting hearing possible gunshots and a shooting. 

When BPD officers arrived, they found two men that were injured. One man, a 26 year old from Oakland sustained wounds from gunfire. The other man, a 24 year old from Berkeley had been struck in the face with an object. City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) paramedics transported the victims, each to a local ER for medical assessment and treatment. The injuries were deemed by medical staff as non life threatening. 

A large compliment of BPD officers and a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) worked in and around the scene. According to information garnered during a preliminary investigation, the victims were confronted by a group of young male suspects and words were exchanged between them. The incident escalated quickly when one of the suspects produced a gun and started shooting, striking one victim. The suspects fled on foot. 

It is very early in this investigation, and yet, BPD is confident that this shooting is not random. So as not to risk compromise of this ongoing investigation, these details are the total of what BPD is sharing today. BPD Crimes Against Persons, Homicide Detail detectives will conduct the follow up investigation. 

BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about these crimes to please call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD non emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime.