Police searching for motive for double shooting

Berkeley police still do not have a motive for Friday’s double shooting in broad daylight on Sacramento Street.

Two men – one 17, one 18 — were shot at 12:41 p.m. as they were walking on Sacramento near Woolsey. Their assailants — and there was more than one, although police declined to detail the exact number – then fled up Woolsey, prompting detectives to do a house-by-house search of that block. No suspects were apprehended.

One victim was treated and released from the hospital the day of the shooting, said Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department. The other victim remains hospitalized, although he is in stable condition and is expected to recover, she said. Both were Oakland residents.

“We don’t know what the motive is in this particular shooting,” said Sgt. Kusmiss. “We are hoping that maybe some community members out there who heard something on the street will come forward.”


Berkeley police do not believe this was a random shooting.

“These young men were familiar with one another, knew one another,” said Sgt. Kusmiss.