Police arrest Berkeley man after Harmon Street shooting

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The Berkeley Police Department arrested a local man Friday in connection with a shooting in South Berkeley at the end of May that sent another man to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police said in court documents that the shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity.

According to the documents, on May 30 at about 7 p.m., police responded to the corner of Harmon and King streets, near Alcatraz Avenue, for a reported shooting. According to several witnesses, the victim was shot at seven times, and struck once, wrote police.

The victim, a 21-year-old Berkeley man, was taken to a local hospital for treatment, said police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.

The police investigation led to the arrest on June 14 of Aoderi Samad, 20, whose listed address is several blocks from the location of the shooting. According to what appears to be his Facebook page, Samad attended Berkeley High School.

Just before the shooting, according to court documents, the victim and his girlfriend were confronted by Samad, who thought the victim was someone he had gotten into a confrontation with earlier in the day. Police wrote that they believe Samad “was looking for the person with the intent on harming” him. Police also said Samad later apologized to the victim.

Coats said police sought an arrest warrant after the May shooting, and arrested Samad after spotting him south of campus Friday at about 8:15 p.m.

Police conducted a search of a Fairfield home linked to Samad — he had a key to the home with him at the time of his arrest — and said they found a .45-caliber handgun in a bedroom drawer; Samad’s girlfriend told police it was his gun, which he had recently brought to the home, where she lives with her young son, according to court documents.

Samad remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail, where he is being held without bail. He has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm while on probation. According to court documents, Samad was on probation due to a previous gun possession conviction in 2012.

Another charge listed by the sheriff’s department relates to someone who possesses a firearm after allegedly committing a robbery as a minor and is under 30 years old. According to court documents, Samad has a juvenile conviction from April 2008 for a robbery, and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Samad was scheduled for an attorney and plea hearing Wednesday morning at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

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  • Woolsey

    I wonder if this could be the same Aoderi Samad recommended for expulsion from the Berkeley Unified School District in 07/08 for violating a whole batch of sections from the Education Code: 48900 (a) (1), 48900 (b), 48900 (e), 48900 (g), 48900 (k), 48915 (a) (2), 48915 (a) (4), 48915 (c) 1).

    I didn’t think Berkeley actually ever expelled anyone, short of murder on-campus.

  • JuiceJeasel

    Warmhearted thoughts and sentimental prayers for the 21-year-old Berkeley man. I’m so happy he is alive.

  • maxrex

    Of course not! Just look at how innocent his Facebook pictures look: a jar full of weed, sticking his hand in the camera as if he’s holding a glock. He’s as harmless as a new born baby.

    I bet Aoderi is going to look just as stylish in jailbird orange as he dose in white…

  • Dingbatnation

    Thanks BPD!!!!! :)

  • Truth Sayer

    I also read this. The dates do correspond with his age. If so, he really started his education ion thuggery early.

  • bgal4

    Finally some information on this shooting. Residents asked but were not even told that someone was hit. This police dept and city do not share information with residents affected by this violence. There were other shooting incidents in the area over a few months time leaving several unanswered questions. What are the dynamics of these incidents, who is shooting who and why, are all the Harmon St incidents connected and if this is a case of mistaken identity who are they trying to shoot?

  • Ashley smith

    The police need to get a life and really stop lying they went to that girl house with no warrant or anything while he was already in custody so that is consider an illegal search

  • EarlyMorningCoffee

    Harmon Street is where the action is.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    what the heck is a “sentimental prayer” ? how about directing your supplications at your deity and sparing us the conspicuous, cloying religiosity? I’m pretty sure there are no divine beings reading Bside comments.

  • iicisco

    But, they do have a life..protecting and serving yours. Produce proof backing up your claim or it didn’t happen!

  • Robert Gregory

    This story doesn’t sound right why would he confront the person realize its the wrong person then shoot at him several times just to apologize after the fact this story sound a little made up if you ask me

  • PragmaticProgressive

    By all appearances, Samad was born, raised, and educated into thuggery in Berkeley, under the watchful eye of the 2020 Vision. Unfortunately that eye was busy looking at all of the state money it could collect by turning BUSD into a regional educational facility that is disconnected from the needs of Berkeley’s residents.

    In an alternate universe, the 2020 Vision would have created concentrated, cradle-to-career services specifically for Berkeley residents like Samad and he’d be in college, thinking about a career in medicine saving lives, instead of wearing orange for having almost taken one.

  • JuiceJeasel

    Positive sentiments for your negativity.

  • guest

    Because he’s really smart?

  • Just Sayin

    For really realz, on the really.

  • Harold

    Free Aoderi.

  • P

    This is disingenuous and in reality the entire arrest is based on hearsay with no hard evidence. The article feels funny like it lacks a clear connection because there is NO EVIDENCE that outlines a direct connection let alone even assemble a coherent and solid indirect one.

    Stay strong little bro, haters gonna hate and disinformation will flow.

  • Chris Frampton

    Free Aoderi.

  • bob barker

    Looks like they just arrested his ass for murder.