A 17-year-old Berkeley man who was allegedly involved in a five-way shoot-out on Sacramento Street in December 2011 was killed Saturday in another shoot-out in Oakland.
Tyler Frank Jamison, a former B-Tech student who lived on Hearst Avenue, was shot to death on the 4000 block of Quigley Street in the Laurel District of East Oakland, according to the Oakland Tribune. He was caught in a crossfire of bullets that erupted between two groups of people around 10:30 p.m., police told the Tribune. The firefight may have been gang-related.
Jamison had been charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm, and other crimes in connection with the Berkeley shoot-out. He had been held in Santa Rita Jail without bail, but charges against him were dropped on June 13, 2012, when witnesses refused to testify against him, Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick told the Tribune.
In the Berkeley case, three young men, allegedly including Jamison, pulled out guns and started shooting at two other youths on Sacramento near Woolsey on Dec. 23, 2011, at 12:41 p.m. The two youths pulled out their weapons and fired back. Bullets hit nearby cars and houses, as well as the two victims, who ran southbound on Sacramento to escape. The three assailants ran north on Sacramento, turning east on Woolsey and then south through an apartment complex. Berkeley police used dogs to do a house-by-house search of a two-block area to locate the assailants, but were unable to locate the suspects.
“The route the three suspects used to flee would have put them in the rear yard of Jamison’s residence,” Berkeley Detective Todd Sabins wrote in court documents.
The two who were attacked were shot, one in the buttocks, and were taken by someone to Highland Hospital. One was treated and released and the other was admitted.
Jamison was a student at Berkeley Technical High School during the 2010-11 year and his photo was featured in a May 2011 San Francisco Chronicle story about searching for his family roots.