Crime

Police identify Berkeley shooting victim

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

Police have identified the man who died after a shooting on San Pablo Avenue on Thursday night as 24-year-old Dustin Bynum of Berkeley.

Witnesses said Bynum was shot three times at close range on Thursday at about 9:20 p.m. outside Bing’s Liquors, in the 1800 block of San Pablo. Bynum was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he later was pronounced dead, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats. 

Coats said Monday via email that no further details are being released at this time, and the investigation continues.

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).

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  • Truth Sayer

    These killings, robberies, sexual attacks must stop. Instead of looking for non-issues, the city officials needs the face these crimes head-on.

  • B2B

    Amen to that.

  • Woolsey

    I’m sorry, we can’t do that. We’d have to address substantial racial and cultural differences and we as a society are not yet ready to open that can of worms.

  • Truth Sayer

    When it comes to violent, and even non-violent crimes, it adversely affects all law abiding citizens, regardless of racial and cultural differences. The quality of life can not remain at an acceptable level in a community unless everyone, regardless of racial and culture differences speak out again these murders, robbers, and thugs.

  • Yosijodo

    Another brotha bites the dust …

  • Biker 94703

    I talked to a friend who lives around the corner from Bing’s. She’s lived there for around a decade now. She says that the sketchy vibe greatly increased with the pot club coming onto the block.

  • guest

    Could very well be Caucasian. Men with that name on Facebook are white.

  • JuiceJeasel

    Let’s keep a warm and loving prayer in our hearts for this latest victim of senseless crime.

  • suckatash

    I’m sorry. Why do we need to address racial and cultural differences first before bringing murderers to justice? What cultural difference are we speaking of specifically? “Snitches get ditches”?

  • bgal4

    Exactly, it is past time to demand citizenship 101, Snitch Academy, teach youth to be stand ups, and stop pandering to such nonsense as black youth must carry guns for protection or taxpayers pay for enormous medical costs for people shot who refuse to talk to police.

  • guest

    The pot club is definitely a problem, with lots of loitering outside. Their hired security doesn’t seem to be helpful, and actually seems to be a part of that crowd. Other sketchy elements of that place are a) ZERO signage (is it actually a legit dispensary??) and b) the fact that they were evicted from the address on the door to the right of Albatross and simply moved operations to the door on the left? Bizarre. Shut it down.

    There’s lots of loitering/panhandling outside of Bing’s and Popeye’s too, though. Really threatening people: homeless, drunk, actively consuming liquor bought inside, etc.

    Overall, a more active police presence on that block would be REALLY helpful. I’m creeped out walking down either side of the street and my girlfriend (who lives in the neighborhood) gets verbally harassed every time she walks down that block by herself.

  • Just Sayin

    Agreed. One of the 40 acres security guards got busted last year with marijuana bundled for sale. Scroll down to May 9, 2012:

    http://www.berkeleyside.com/2012/05/11/police-blotter-recent-crime-in-berkeley-37/

  • The_Sharkey

    In
    response to the recent homicide at San Pablo and Delaware,
    Councilmember Maio has organized a neighborhood meeting that will be held at the Church of the
    Good Shepherd (1823 9th Street) at 2pm today, Saturday,
    August 10, with the police department.