Update: 2 teens shot on Harmon Street in Berkeley

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Update, March 25, 6:10 p.m. The Berkeley Police report that, contrary to earlier information, one of the shooting victims was not arrested by the Oakland Police Department. “No arrest was made after all, [it was] possibly an old warrant,” said Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, via email.

Update, March 25, 10:50 a.m. Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats provided a short statement Tuesday morning about the shooting Monday night in South Berkeley.

She confirmed that, at 9:41 p.m., police received numerous 911 calls about possible gunshots on in the 1500 block of Harmon Street. Officers who responded found bullet casings and several damaged vehicles, as well as damage to a home. There were no victims on scene when police arrived. Highland Hospital notified the Berkeley Police Department a short time later that two males, ages 16 and 19, had come in seeking treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. Berkeley officers responded to the hospital to speak with them.

During their investigation, police discovered that the 16-year-old victim had a no-bail warrant from the Oakland Police Department. Oakland Police responded and took him into custody.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the shooting to call the Berkeley Police Homicide Detail at 510-981-5741. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 800-222-8477.

Original story, 11:33 p.m. Berkeley Police officers responded Monday night to a shooting in the 1500 block of Harmon Street that sent two people to the hospital with gunshot wounds, according to preliminary information that has not been confirmed.

Berkeley Police have not responded to a request for information, but dispatchers reported numerous callers at 9:41 p.m. calling in about the sound of gunshots and a man yelling he had been shot, according to unconfirmed scanner traffic.

Police responded to Harmon and closed it off between Sacramento and California streets.

They found a vehicle that had been hit by gunfire and had a broken window, an officer reported over the radio. Officers also found shell casings in the area.

Police notified local hospitals, and got a report from Highland Hospital that two victims had come in with gunshot wounds to the arm.

Police also received a report that suspects connected to the shooting had run through a nearby yard on California Street.

Berkeleyside has requested confirmation from the Berkeley Police Department.

Police investigated a drive-by shooting in the same block of Harmon on Saturday night. No one was reported to have been injured in that incident, but a vehicle was damaged and shell casings were found.

This story may be updated as additional information becomes available.

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  • EarlyMorningCoffee

    What is it with that street?

  • Chris J

    No doubt it was a couple of old white men, possibly Asian, who got into a fight about their 401ks as to which had the greater valuation in the current economy. Best guess.

  • SueT

    I realize you are joking, but it’s not really funny.

  • Marcel Marx

    Of course what Chris J is really doing is saying is that the participants were almost certainly African American. It would be akin to to a joke about the two young black men who had made obscene profits and escaped prosecution while committing white collar crimes that disadvantaged poor people.

  • guest

    BHS’s best and brightest?

    Berkeley residents? Or not? Nobody seems to care.

  • dsd510

    Racist jokes are neither funny nor original.

  • guest

    for those in the know: what are the typical circumstances which lead to a ‘no bail warrant’? (not my area of expertise.)

  • guest

    Making an observation about race is not inherently racist.

    noun: racist; plural noun: racists
    a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another.synonyms:racial bigot, racialist, xenophobe, chauvinist, supremacist More

  • emraguso

    Update, March 25, 6:10 p.m. The Berkeley Police report that, contrary to earlier information, one of the shooting victims was not arrested by the Oakland Police Department. “No arrest was made after all, [it was] possibly an old warrant,” said Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats, via email.

  • mrsleep

    You have to remember that bay area liberals have perverted the actual meaning of racism.

  • guest

    Isn’t the point of the joke that white and Asian men tend to have lots of savings, while other races don’t?

  • emraguso

    The cases are still under investigation and police are asking the community for help. Story here:

  • jth

    It borders Oakland…

  • EarlyMorningCoffee

    So what?

  • Chris J

    We’ll, I’m pleased that you got the sarcasm inherent in there.

    To avoid racist connotations these days, many eschew saying the particular ethnic or racial aspect but more properly might state low-income, socially disenfranchised people. Its kinda like calling garbage collectors sanitation engineers.

    But seriously, most violent crime is carried out by low-income, socially disenfranchised folks, unless someone can point out that there are statistics saying otherwise. Odd ancillary observation here–the lowest crime rate, supposedly in any major American city during the 20th century, was Chinatown in SF which had all the hallmarks for crime to blossom–high density, low income, socially disenfranchised.

    In any case, anybody who is violent gives people a bad name,

  • Chris J

    For the record, I don’t think I’m a racist by that definition, thank god!

  • Chris J

    Well, lots more money, anyway.

  • John Freeman

    For the record, I don’t think I’m a racist by that definition, thank god!

    The dictionary quotation uses an intentional definition of racism: saying it is a quality of one’s first-order beliefs. By such an (absurd) definition one can be racist regardless of how one acts and one can also act in ways that reliably oppress a racial group and not be racist — all based on nebulous “beliefs”.

    The intentional definition is not very useful because the lives of racisms victims aren’t impacted by the “beliefs” others but by their actions.

    An extensional definition of racist would describe it in terms of actions and their impacts. For example, when you offered the comment section your “joke” based on racial stereotypes and shifted the focus from a crime to a question of racial patterns — one could reasonably argue that that was racist regardless of what you happen to say you believe.

  • EarlyMorningCoffee


  • emraguso

    I think “larry” was saying he did think there was a connection as far as crime and proximity to oakland, and found your “so what” to be “too funny.” But I’m not sure.

  • EarlyMorningCoffee

    But Harmon Street is two blocks from Oakland, and the general area is not bad. Harmon Street has so much police action on it all the time. If you look at police reports, Harmon shows up more than any other street in Berkeley.