Man shot during robbery at Berkeley hydroponic shop

Image: Google maps
A man was shot during a robbery at E.C. Hydro, a hydroponic and garden supply shop, on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Image: Google maps

A man was shot during a robbery at a West Berkeley business Saturday afternoon, authorities have reported.

The incident took place just before 4:30 p.m. at 1655 Fifth St., at E.C. Hydro, a hydroponic and garden supply shop that has been open since 1989.

“We received a call from an individual who reported being shot during a robbery which occurred inside a commercial business or warehouse,” said Berkeley Police Capt. Andrew Greenwood.

The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by the Berkeley Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment.


“We don’t have additional information to share at this time regarding that ongoing investigation,” Greenwood said.

There have been at least 10 other non-fatal shootings in Berkeley this year, and one homicide.

There have been at least 10 other non-fatal shootings in Berkeley this year, and one homicide. Image: Google maps
There have been at least 10 other non-fatal shootings in Berkeley this year, and one homicide. Image: Google maps

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.

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 2800 block of Mabel Street near the southwest corner of San Pablo Park. A victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. Jamell Tousant has been charged in that case.

Also in August, someone fired a gun into the air outside a party on Carleton Street, and later told police he had done it “because he was angry about getting ‘jumped,’” according to authorities.


In September, a man kicked his way into a home in the 1200 block of Ashby Avenue, struck a woman in the chest and threatened to shoot a man inside, then fired a handgun into the air after leaving the apartment. Isaiah Gardea was charged in that case.

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