Update, 2:00 pm: From from BPD Sgt. Mary Kusmiss: “About 12:51 a.m., on Sunday, March 4, 2012, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received multiple reports from community members regarding gunshots heard in the area of 7th and Addison Streets. BPD patrol officers responded and found the victims at Sixth and Bancroft Way as they were trying to leave the area. City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) responded to medically assess the victims.”
“A group of approximately five people were hanging out in front of a house in the 2100 block of 7th Street. Two suspects on foot approached the group on 7th Street. The suspect(s) fired at the group. The suspects fled on foot, possibly to a waiting vehicle that fled the area. After being fired at, the group of five were located by responding officers a couple blocks south of the shooting scene. Three of the male victims sustained gunshot wounds, none of which were deemed life threatening. All of the victims were treated and released from the hospital.”
“BPD Patrol officers immediately began investigating and conducting area checks for the suspect(s) but were not able to locate any.”
“In the interest of not compromising the active and ongoing investigation, this is the total substance of what we are sharing today. The names of the victims of any violent crimes are protected by confidentiality.”
“We do not know if the two shootings are related. The BPD detectives will certainly explore that possibility.”
Original story: Three men were wounded early Sunday morning in Berkeley when shooters came around a street corner and opened fire, according to the Berkeley Police Department, reported in the Mercury News.
A group of five men were reportedly standing outside a home in 2100 block of Addison Street when the suspects turned onto Addison from Seventh Street, according to KTVU.
Berkeley police Lt. David Frankel said the wounded men ran from the gunshots and were found minutes later by police at Sixth Street and Bancroft Way. Their wounds were not considered life-threatening.
Police have not made any arrests and did not release any information about the shooters. The violence doesn’t appear to be connected to gangs or drugs, said Frankel.
This is the second triple shooting in Berkeley in three days. On Friday, three men standing on the sidewalk were shot from a passing car at around 6:21 p.m. in the 2200 block of Bonar Street. The three victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries.