Berkeley police respond to gunfire call

A Volkswagen struck by gunfire returned to the scene, said Phil Rowntree, who shared this photo shortly before 9 p.m.

Update, 10:55 p.m. BPD Lt. Randy Files confirmed that two vehicles appear to have been involved in a shooting in West Berkeley on Friday night. There were conflicting witness statements, but Files said authorities think it is likely that an occupant or occupants in one vehicle shot at the other one. No injuries were reported. Police contacted two separate motorists they believe have ties to the incident. One (shown above, whose vehicle was damaged) was released, while the other was taken into custody for an unrelated violation. The investigation is continuing, Files said.

Original story, 8:23 p.m. Police are on the scene in West Berkeley on Friday after gunfire reports that may have involved two vehicles, community members report.

Berkeleyside has asked the Berkeley Police Department for details.

In the meantime, officers are on the scene at Bancroft Way and Seventh Street, and at least one lane of traffic has been blocked for the investigation.


The call came in to BPD just before 7:55 p.m.

Several community members told Berkeleyside that two vehicles in the area may have been shooting at each other, but this has not been confirmed.

Readers reported that there may have been five gunshots, and that one vehicle may have been damaged by gunfire.

Police are on the scene after reports of shots fired, involving two vehicles, at Bancroft Way and Seventh Street. Photo: Phil Rowntree
Police were recovering evidence, like this shell casing, at the scene Friday night. Photo: Phil Rowntree

Police stopped a man alone in his vehicle, which matched witness descriptions related to the incident, shortly after 8 p.m. at Dwight Way and Ninth Street, according to unconfirmed scanner traffic. They planned to test the driver’s hands for gunshot residue.

Police have recovered bullet casings at the scene, according to unconfirmed scanner traffic. A firearm also may have been recovered.


A second motorist, whose vehicle was damaged by gunfire, returned to the scene and was later allowed to drive out of the area, a witness told Berkeleyside.

This story was updated with details from BPD around 11 p.m.