Shots fired in the early hours of Sunday morning on Telegraph Avenue near the intersection with Channing Way may have been related to a big party being held on “frat row” in the 2400 block of Warring Street, according to Lt. Andrew Rateaver of the Berkeley Police Department.
The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16. There are no known injuries or suspects at this time.
Early unconfirmed reports from witnesses suggested the gunshots, which left multiple bullet casings on Telegraph Avenue, may have involved people in a car and a pedestrian.
There was no obvious damage to nearby buildings and police did not find any blood spatter, according to Rateaver.
At 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to a disturbance call regarding a party in the 2400 block of Warring, said Rateaver. “It was a large gathering and there were fights,” he said. The police dispersed crowds and broke up the fights.
Forty minutes later, the police department received many calls about gunshots on Telegraph. When they arrived, “there were lots of people and cars going in different directions,” according to Rateaver.
Rateaver said that such a party, while fairly routine during the UC Berkeley semester, was “out of season” now.
He said there was no reason to believe the shootings were gang-related, but that it had not been discounted.
The shooting took place near the popular CREAM ice cream store at 2399 Telegraph Ave. which stays open until 2 a.m. on Saturdays. Writing on Twitter at 2:56 a.m., Eliza Suppal said: “Shooting on corner of Telegraph and Channing in front of CREAM about 2hrs ago – I can not handle these shootings anymore. I can not.”
About four hours later, also on Twitter, Elgielyn Yangorin wrote: “I still can’t [get] over the fact that I was at Berkeley cream when that whole thing happened. Scariest moment of my life. God is good.”
This story was revised at 11:40 a.m. following information received from Berkeley Police Department.