At about 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Berkeley police responded to the area of Russell and Sacramento to investigate community calls of “loud reports”.
Officers learned that a group of male adults were standing on the sidewalk in front of an address in the 1500 block of Russell Street, according to the BPD. There was a verbal exchange between a male pedestrian and the group of men. A member of the group shot a pistol before fleeing the area.
Officers did a preliminary investigation and found shell casings in the area. Officer did not locate any blood or evidence of injury and no victims have come forward related to this incident. Detectives of the BPD Homicide Detail are conducting the follow-up investigation. BPD has not made any arrests.
BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this shooting to call the BPD Homicide Detail on (510) 981-5741 or the 24-hour BPD non-emergency number, (510) 981-5900, and mention the shooting. 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). According to the police, “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.”