24-year-old man dies after Berkeley shooting

Berkeley's third homicide of the year took place Thursday night outside Bing's Liquor's on San Pablo Avenue. Photo: Google

Berkeley’s third homicide of the year took place Thursday night outside Bing’s Liquor’s on San Pablo Avenue. Photo: Google

A man who was shot Thursday night outside Bing’s Liquors in northwest Berkeley was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said just after 11 p.m.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats confirmed just after 10 p.m. that the man had life-threatening injuries when he was taken to the hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department. He was later pronounced dead, said Coats via email at 11:09 p.m.

According to a statement released by police at 1 a.m., the victim was 24 years old: “BPD is not releasing the victim’s name at this time.”

Coats said police began receiving 911 calls about the shooting at 9:18 p.m. Witnesses reported hearing three gunshots. Police responded to the area, in the 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue, to “maintain the scene.” No one was taken into custody Thursday night.

“Homicide detectives and officers are actively working the crime scene, canvassing the area, interviewing witnesses and following up on leads,” according to the 1 a.m. police statement.

Thursday’s shooting was Berkeley’s third homicide of the year. On Feb. 4, Zontee Jones was shot on Delaware Street, across San Pablo Avenue less than a block away from Bing’s Liquors. Jevon Calland and Maurice Thomas Jr. have been charged with murder in that case.

On July 17, Jermaine Davis was shot and killed on Derby Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Way. No one has been arrested in that case.

The Berkeley Police Department asks anyone with information about this homicide to call the department’s Homicide Detail at 510-981-5741, or the 24 hour non-emergency line at 510-981-5900. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can instead phone Bay Area Crimes Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Berkeleyside received a tip about Thursday’s shooting from a reader at 9:22 p.m. This story was updated several times throughout the night, and may be updated as more information becomes available.

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  • Chris J

    Please take 15 minutes online and show me the evidence that Popeye’s is worse than other fast food chains attracting crime. Probably not. By your logic, its where the restaurant is located in large part that is a problem.

    Hasn’t been any murder around there for a long time and both businesses have been around for a long time. Good track record for those arguing that the area is safe. I feel safe around there, fwiw.

  • Chris J

    This was in response to my perception about YOUR beliefs, not mine.

  • Chris J

    Now THAT is funny. Naah. They won’t. Too many folks around.

  • kateharp

    I’m not talking about riding on San Pablo. I’m talking about riding on Delaware, a bicycle route. I never ride on San Pablo.

  • kateharp

    Delaware is the only way across safely with a street light. You have to go many blocks down to get a crossing that is safe (with a light).

  • kateharp

    Having biked all over this town, I understand dealing with motorists and blind spots, but this intersection has a much higher unsafe traffic behavior because of people who seem to be in a hurry to get in and out of a liquor store.

  • coolkicker99

    I never shopped at Bings, but I’m a frequent patron of Casa Latina’s – Bings Neighbor. From my experience, Bing attracts a lot of characters that look sketchy and seedy. For example, I’ve passed by there with my girlfriend in the evening for some pastries, but we left once we saw a bunch of hoodlum young men (yes they were black, sorry, gotta say the truth, no disrespect) drinking beer in front of Bing’s, and looking at pedestrians with mischievous intent. I was born and raised in Richmond CA, so I know from experience when someone is up to no good. Hence, Bing is harming the business of its neighbors.

    Solution: Have Bings close their shop around the same time as other neighboring businesses, say around 9 pm. By then, you wont have sketchy hoodlum characters hanging out in front of the liquor store late at night.

    BTW, I agree with other commenters that this area, i.e. San Pablo Ave and University, IS seedy, grimy, dark, and dirty. This is a perfect combination that attracts unwanted and dangerous attention.

  • Chris J

    Alas you’ll have to convince Casa Latina to close early also– they are
    open till at least 11pm…maybe later. I suspect they attract a lot of
    late workers like Hispanics (its their cuisine anyway).

  • JuiceJeasel

    A warm and loving prayer for this latest victim of violence.

  • The_Sharkey

    Two deadly shootings on the corner near this subsidized housing block, two more examples of fairly recent spree shootings near other subsidized housing.
    I’m not going to do the mapping, but from watching the news and reading the Police reports I’d wager that a statistically significant number of the shootings in Berkeley happen within a few blocks of subsidized housing.

  • The_Sharkey

    Why not argue with the actual comments I make rather than inventing your own straw man arguments to try to pin me with?

  • Frank

    This is the best. I’m not going to do any actual fact checking, instead I’ll just use my ‘Jump to Conclusions” mat.

  • Chris J

    OK. I’ll do better next go-round. In the meantime, I’ll simply relax and consider other posters’ notions that you are a troll and don’t really give a damn about the actual issues, other than perhaps upping your presence here, arguing your points to a fine tee, and imagining yourself the winner in the commentary wars.

    You win this one, Sharkey, Maybe I didn’t pay enough attention to your specific statements, but if I think its worth going down the rabbithole again should I find your comments too reactionary, we will meet in pixels here again.


  • Chris J

    I guess I was trying to say in my silly way is that its difficult to separate the chaff from the wheat in the scenario of ridding ourselves of, as you put and I paraphrase, community actors who are criminal from the law abiding group.

  • SamJam

    Thank you for your humanity. This young man led a very troubled life, but that doesn’t take away from the tragedy of his death. He grew up in Berkeley and leaves behind parents and two sisters who are devastated.