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Third Homicide of the Year in Berkeley

By Sasha Lekach (BCN)
Friday March 30, 2012 - 04:00:00 PM

One person has been arrested in connection to a Thursday night shooting that left one man dead in South Berkeley, a Berkeley police lieutenant said. 

At 7:34 p.m. Berkeley police received multiple calls of gunshots heard in the 2800 block of Sacramento Street. Arriving officers found a victim lying on the street with gunshot wounds on Oregon Street, just south of Sacramento Street, Berkeley police Lt. Kevin Schofield said. 

The victim was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland where he was pronounced dead, Schofield said. 

Investigators believe two men walked out of a corner store at Sacramento and Oregon streets when they were confronted by a small group of suspects. At least one person in the group was armed with a firearm, Schofield said. 

Bob's Liquors and Deli is listed at that intersection. 

The men started to run away west on Oregon Street when the suspect or suspects started firing at them. One of the two men avoided being hit while the other was struck multiple times, the lieutenant said. 

The suspects then fled before officers arrived at the scene. 

Schofield said the shooting appears to be targeted. 

One arrest has been made since the shooting, but details about the suspect have not been released, Schofield said. 

As of 2 a.m. this morning Schofield said officers were still on the scene. 

Thursday night's homicide is the city's third of 2012.