Police investigate shooting on Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue

Shooting in Berkeley, California

Police investigate a report of gunshots near Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way in Berkeley at 1:07 a.m. on  Sunday, June 16. Photo: David Yee

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.

A party in the 2400 block of Warring Street (blue pin) may have been connected to gunshots fired on Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way (red pin) at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, June 16, 2013.

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.

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  • The_Sharkey

    The “SERIAL KILLERS ARE WHITE” thing is an urban shooting talking point for the far left Occupy types right now.

    Despite the fact that it doesn’t really have anything to do with the topic when you actually think about it a little bit, you’ll find it pop up almost any time there’s a discussion about race or urban violence these days.

  • FiatSlug

    No, you’ve got it all wrong.

    jimwa made a statement that the incident provides evidence that people don’t know how to behave. The incident described in the article is the basis of the assertion and is evidence, but it does not prove the case. One piece of evidence in and of itself does not prove the truthfulness of an assertion, even if it supports that assertion.

    Your statement that statistics show that violence in all forms is down would also be anecdotal based upon your earlier assertion that evidence has numbers attached to it. You failed to attached any numbers to your statement. Where’s your evidence?

  • JuiceJeasel

    Loving prayers for all the terrified party people.

  • ThisWay Out Coops

    In your case, lightening.

  • ThisWay Out Coops

    Did you see the kids in the videos of the situation? White.

  • ThisWay Out Coops

    And really – every street shooting by a non-white person combined wouldn’t add up to one week in Iraq or Afghanistan (if “school shootings were not enough for you.) The racist meme is a limited bunch of self serving nonsense that avoids the dirty work of figuring out why as a society we are so violent.

  • ThisWay Out Coops

    Easy solution. MOVE.

  • Oki O’Conn

    The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker, 2011