Berkeley police investigate drive-by shooting

The shooting took place on Ashby near Harper in south Berkeley

Berkeley police are investigating a drive-by shooting that took place on Ashby Avenue on Jan. 2.

A man was driving eastbound on Ashby near Harper Street around 3:10 pm when a red car pulled alongside him. Someone in that car fired shots and then sped south towards Oakland, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department. The victim, who was not injured, drove east, away from the scene. Several bullets had been fired into his car.

Berkeley police shut down a section of Ashby Avenue for about one hour to investigate the shooting. They also canvassed nearby neighborhoods, according to Sgt. Kusmiss.

The drive-by shooting came ten days after assailants shot two people on Sacramento Street near Woolsey. No suspects have been arrested for that crime. One of the victims remains hospitalized.

BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this crime to call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24-hour BPD non-emergency number of (510) 981-5900 and mention the crime when calling. 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.

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  • Peter Moore

    I wondered what was going on. Thanks for the update

  • unreal and scary.

  • Blah!

    Unreal? You must not reside in the southern portion of Berkeley, I’m speaking particular about Oregon st stretching all the way to Here/There sign and extends to and around San Pablo park. These types of incidents don’t frighten me anymore, that’s scary.   

  • neighbor

    They still frighten, but they don’t surprise.

  • Vohumana

    Time for community members who know something about this to speak up.