Update, 01.25.12: New information received from Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick from the Alameda County District Attorney’s office clarifies that Tyler Frank Jamison is in fact 16 but that he was filed on as an adult.
Two 18-year-old Berkeley men have been arrested in connection with the shooting of two teenagers on Sacramento Street on Dec. 23.
Tyler Frank Jamison, 18 16, who lives on Hearst Avenue, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and other charges, and is being held without bail in Santa Rita Jail, according to Teresa Drenick, an assistant district attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.
Tyrone Anthony Terell, 18, was charged with a weapons violation, according to a press release issued by Berkeley police.
The two men were arrested on Jan. 13 when a patrol officer recognized the suspects, whose name and photos had been distributed in an internal wanted photo, according to the BPD press release.
Jamison allegedly fired shots at two people walking along Sacramento Street near Woolsey around 12:41 pm on Dec. 23. Neighbors who heard the shots reported seeing two people flee east on Woolsey, prompting Berkeley police to do a house-by-house search of two-block area. Police called in a canine unit but were unable to locate the suspects.
In the meanwhile, someone took the two victims to a nearby hospital. One was treated and quickly released but the other was admitted. Both have since been released, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department.
This was not a random shooting, according to the press release. The motive has not been identified.
Jamison was a student at Berkeley Technical High School during the 2010-2011 year and was featured in a May San Francisco Chronicle story about searching for his family roots.