Reward offered to help find suspects in Berkeley homicide

The homicide on March 29 happened close to Bob’s Liquors on the corner of Sacramento and Oregon. Photo: A citizen reporter

After making one arrest related to the March 29 shooting on Oregon and Sacramento streets which took the life of 24-year-old Vallejo resident Devin Lee Whitmire, Berkeley police are looking additional suspects and offering a reward to help find them.

Randall Oscar Alston, a 19-year-old Berkeley resident, was arrested in connection with the crime. The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of all responsible suspects for Berkeley’s third homicide of 2012.

The shooting came as two men left Bob’s Liquors and were confronted by a crowd of men on the corner, one of whom had a gun and started shooting. The two men fled. One was not injured, but Whitmire was hit and fell down on Oregon Street. Paramedics transported him to a local trauma center where he was pronounced dead. Police arrested Alston about an hour later.

BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this homicide to call the BPD Homicide detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24-hour BPD non emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers 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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  • 3rdGenBerkeleyan

    a few days ago this article led the readers to believe that suspect(s) were in jail, this info needs to come out just a little bit sooner so the community can help out!

  • Berkeleyfarm

    Wait, what, there are additional suspects still at large?  Are the victims not talking?

  • Ralphk

    Berkeleyside — While we appreciate the followup on this third homicide of the year in Berkeley, please do some followup on the first.  That was the planned and intentional murder of Kenneth Warren, the Berkeley barber and father who was gunned down in a storm of bullets in late January.  The investigation into that murder remains unreported since shortly after the incident.  

  • Ralphk: Be assured we are on alert for any new information that emerges about all the homicides that occur in Berkeley. We check in regularly with the BPD for updated information and they provide us with breaking information. At this time there have been no developments in the Warren case.