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A woman was shot and killed Tuesday night while riding her bike in the 1500 block of Derby Street, according to Berkeley police.
Police received a 911 call at 11:36 p.m. that a bicyclist was on the ground near Longfellow Middle School, possibly because of a traffic accident, said Officer Jennifer Coats. When police arrived, they found a woman in her late 40s or early 50s on the ground. She had been shot and was unresponsive, said Coats. Berkeley Fire Department paramedics arrived and pronounced her dead at the scene.
Police are not releasing the victim’s name at this time.
BPD is urging anyone with information regarding this incident to please call its Homicide Unit at 510-981-5741 or its non-emergency number at 510-981-5900. Callers may remain anonymous. Anyone with anonymous information may also call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
It is the fourth homicide in Berkeley this year. On Jan. 26, Kenneth Warren was shot dead near his workplace on the corner of Shattuck and Emerson, and on Feb. 18 Peter Cukor was bludgeoned to death outside his home on Park Gate in the Berkeley hills. On March 29, 24-year old Devin Lee Whitmire was shot on the 2800 block of Sacramento Street, right outside Bob’s Liquors.
In 2011, there was only one homicide in Berkeley.
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