Police make arrest after gunshots, disturbance on Carleton Street near San Pablo Avenue

Police handcuffing suspects on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Derby Street on August 22, 2015. Photo: Dan Lurie
Police handcuffing suspects on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Derby Street on August 22, 2015. Photo: Dan Lurie

Update Aug. 24: Berkeley Police Officer Byron White said Monday that police arrested two juveniles Aug. 22 on suspicion of being minors in possession of a firearm and stolen property. Part of the press release is below:

“On August 22nd at about 9 pm, officers responded to the 1100 block of Carleton Street after receiving multiples calls of gunfire in the area—with a large group of juveniles leaving the area.”

“At the scene, officers learned that there was a party at a nearby residence and someone fired several shots into the air afterward,” according to a Berkeley Police Department press release. “While contacting a group of juveniles near the scene, officers discovered one of them in possession of a handgun.”

“After further investigation into the incident, officers arrested two juveniles for minors in possession of concealed firearm, possession of stolen property, as well as the willful discharge of a firearm in a negligent manner.”

Update Aug. 23: Berkeley police arrested one, possibly two, juveniles Saturday night after a party in the 1100 block of Carleton Street near San Pablo Avenue got out of hand.

Lt. Andrew Rateaver said police responded shortly after 9 p.m. to reports of a disturbance and shots fired. Police arrived to find a large party at a private residence with people milling in the streets. No one was injured by the gunshots, he said.

Police arrested at least one person, said Rateaver, who did not release that individual’s name because he is a juvenile. Rateaver also said he could not say what the individual was arrested for.

Original story: Berkeley police are on scene on San Pablo Avenue near Carleton and Derby streets after residents reported three to four gunshots in the area.

No one was injured by the gunshots, according to a dispatcher for the Berkeley Police Department, and officers are still on the scene. Berkeleyside is updating this story as more information becomes available.

Dan Lurie photo
The scene at San Pablo Avenue and Derby Street at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday August 22, 2015. Photo: Dan Lurie

Starting at about 9:20 p.m. several different people began tweeting about possible gunshot sounds and “squealing tires.”

At 9:22 p.m. Danielle Madugo tweeted: “Just heard what I thought was 4 gunshots and a squealing tire getaway from Ward and San Pablo. Love our neighborhood.”

At 9:23 p.m. Steve Davee tweeted: “Damn. Rapid gunshots (4?) a few minutes ago about a block away from my house in Berkeley. Sounded like Carleton street.”

He followed with another tweet that read: “45 caliber casings found & sirens all over the area, locking down neighborhood. People screaming shouting. Hoping no harm.”

At 9:32 p.m. Dan Lurie tweeted that there was a “large police presence at San Pablo and Derby, arrests being made. Seems related to altercation between a group of teens.”

Lurie tweeted the photo above, which he said was shot at the intersection of San Pablo and Derby.

The police dispatcher said officers were involved in activity on Carleton Street.

Just before 10 p.m. police were letting a group of people who they had handcuffed go free, according to a tweet by Dan Lurie.

The incident comes just one week after reports of a drive-by shooting in the 1300 block of Russell Street on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 15, near the southwest corner of San Pablo Park.

There have been no reported homicides in 2015 in Berkeley, but police have responded to at least seven other shootings this year.

There was an incident at Bancroft Way and Bonar Street in early February that involved no victims but did result in bullets piercing an occupied apartment building. The same night, police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted homicide after he reportedly shot at someone during a domestic dispute.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said previously that there was also a shooting Feb. 22 in the 1500 block of Harmon Street, but police believe that may have been an accidental self-inflicted injury. The male victim suffered a minor injury that was not life-threatening.

In March, there was a shooting in broad daylight, at 62nd and King streets, that sent one man — reportedly an innocent bystander — to the hospital.

In April, a shooting at Ashby and Shattuck sent two people to the hospital.

In late June, a man was shot during the course of a robbery, at Ashby Avenue and Newbury Street, but was expected to survive.

On July 5, someone shot at a group in the 1600 block of Russell Street. No victim came forward, however.

On Aug. 15, police investigated a shooting in the 1300 block of Russell Street near the southwest corner of San Pablo Park. A victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

This story is developing and was updated regularly with new information.

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