Police: 3 shot, 2 arrested near UC Berkeley

An ID technician checks a young man for evidence before he was arrested on Bowditch Street, at Durant Avenue, early Saturday. Several victims were hit in an early-morning shooting. Photo: David Yee

Update, 6:45 p.m. According to Alameda County sheriff’s office records online, the two people arrested in connection with this case are David Hernandez, 24, and Melvin Smallwood, who just turned 19 in July. Smallwood was arrested at 4:33 a.m. on suspicion of assault with a firearm on a person and carrying a loaded firearm in public. His bail is listed at $220,000. Smallwood told police he lives on Treasure Island, according to scanner traffic, though official family contacts found during a records check by police live in Richmond.

Hernandez of Oakland was arrested in the 2500 block of Channing Way at 3:45 a.m. on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, having a large-capacity magazine and possession of a controlled substance. His bail is listed at $90,000. According to scanner traffic, he previously lived in San Pablo and has a number of prior arrests in Contra Costa County in related to weapons.

Both young men are scheduled for arraignment Tuesday morning at the Wiley Manual Courthouse.

Original story, 5:10 a.m. Three people were shot near the UC Berkeley campus early Saturday morning, and at least two others have been arrested, authorities report.


Berkeley Police Lt. Kevin Schofield said two groups of people, all male, got into a fight at the intersection of Durant Avenue and Bowditch Street just after 2:40 a.m. The popular Telegraph Avenue commercial area is nearby, and Durant Avenue has a number of late-night eateries.

“Gunshots were fired by at least one person, resulting in three people being shot,” Schofield said. All three had been involved in the altercation, he said. The group of about 10 then fled on foot “in all directions.”

Schofield said multiple people were detained by police. The three gunshot victims were taken to the hospital for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Of the two who were arrested, at least one is an adult, Schofield said.

Officers recovered a semi-automatic firearm during the investigation, police said.

A police officer tends to a shooting victim on Bowditch Street, near Durant Avenue on Saturday. Several victims were hit. Photo: David Yee
Evidence markers cover a stretch of Durant Avenue, near Bowditch Street, in Berkeley, on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Several victims were hit by gunfire. Photo: David Yee
An ID technician takes photos of evidence at the scene of multiple shootings at Durant Avenue and Bowditch Street, in Berkeley, on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Several victims were hit. Photo: David Yee ©2017

The information that follows was gleaned by Berkeleyside from scanner traffic as the incident unfolded, and is preliminary and unconfirmed. Berkeleyside has asked police for confirmation.


All three victims were found in the area of Bowditch Street near Durant Avenue and Channing Way. One was struck in the lower leg, another in the foot, and another in the knee, according to scanner transmissions.

UC Berkeley’s Shotspotter system — an automated system that uses microphones to identify and quickly locate the source of gunfire — put the first gunshot at 2:41 a.m., and indicated 2532 Durant as its location.

Both Berkeley police and University of California police responded to help with the investigation.

Police responded to the Southside neighborhood after three people were shot early Saturday. Image: Google maps

According to one description put out by an officer over the radio, at least one individual in a red sweatshirt shot eastbound from Durant at the larger group in the intersection with Bowditch. Many of the physical descriptions included red clothing.

Police detain a group of four young men near the scene of gunfire at Durant Avenue and Bowditch Street, in Berkeley, on Saturday, July 15, 2017. One was arrested. Photo: David Yee ©2017

Police recovered shell casings on Durant, “almost down to Top Dog,” which is several parcels west of Bowditch, and on Bowditch itself. Police said there were at least 30 casings to recover at the scene. Officers reviewed surveillance video and collected witness statements in the aftermath of the shooting.


Police closed some lanes to traffic during the investigation, and at least one vehicle was reportedly damaged by gunfire.

Berkeleyside will update this story once additional information is available.