Child hurt by shattered glass after Berkeley shooting

Police cruisers, January 2015 (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso

Update, 5:30 p.m. BPD provided the following update Wednesday evening: “On 12/29/16 at approximately 11:05pm, BPD received several calls of loud reports in the 1400 block of Ward Street. Officers arrived on scene and found the intended victim standing next to his parked car in front of an address on the 1400 block of Ward Street. The victim had been parking his car when a sedan pulled up next to him and someone began shooting. The suspects then shot a round through the upstairs bedroom window of the victim’s apartment. The bullet narrowly missed the victim’s girlfriend and his 5 year old grandson who were both sitting on the bed. The 5 year old child sustained a small cut on the right side of his head from the shattered window glass.” The suspects were described as two men in their 20s or 30s.

Original story, 12:38 p.m. A little boy was reportedly hurt Thursday night after a bullet from a drive-by shooting in South Berkeley shattered glass in his apartment, according to police and community reports.

Police said they could not confirm that a child was hurt, but said the incident took place at about 11 p.m. Thursday when a male individual was standing in front of his car in the 1400 block of Ward Street, near Sacramento Street.

Another vehicle pulled up and someone inside began shooting at him, said Berkeley Police Capt. Alyson Hart.


“Nobody was shot, one round went through an apartment window,” she said.

BPD spokesman Sgt. Andrew Frankel did confirm that “someone was hit by flying glass,” but declined to provide additional information.

A neighborhood resident reported, on social media site Nextdoor, hearing “5 very very loud shots … in the 1400 block of Ward. People reported this information to the police. Although no one was hit by bullets, a little boy was hurt by shattering glass. The police responded very quickly, blocked off the whole block, and set up a crime scene.”

Another woman who lives in the neighborhood told Berkeleyside police were on the block for several hours, closing off the street and knocking on doors to gather information about what neighbors saw and heard.

Berkeleyside has requested additional information from police and will update this story if it is provided.


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