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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