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Police make arrest in 2014 Berkeley killing

The killing took place in the parking lot of Seabreeze Market. Photo: Brian Costales
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An Oakland man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the fatal shooting in 2014 of 21-year-old Damarco J. Thomas.

On Saturday, police arrested Keivon Burnette on a warrant in Oakland at 9:25 a.m. after working on the case for more than a year, said Carolyn Jones, East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman.

Jones said authorities believe the shooting happened when a group from Oakland tried to rob a group from Stockton during what was supposed to be a marijuana sale in the Seabreeze parking lot Oct. 28, 2014. Members of both groups were armed, Jones said.  … Continue reading »

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Defendant in 2015 Berkeley murder case headed to trial

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After hearing sometimes chilling testimony from three witnesses at a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court, Judge Trina Thompson ordered Anthony Durant to stand trial in the October 2015 killing of Christian Sheppard, Berkeley’s only recorded homicide last year.

Sheppard, 24, the father of two young daughters, was fatally shot on the night of Oct. 6 behind the apartment complex at 1611 Russell St. in South Berkeley. He had been playing dice with Durant, then 24, who was charged with murder and unlawful firearm activity after emptying 16 rounds from a semiautomatic handgun into Sheppard’s body. Durant then fled the crime scene and dumped the gun in a nearby yard, according to police. He was arrested Oct. 7 and remains in custody on a no-bail hold.

Read more about 2015’s only Berkeley homicide and about the man who was killed.

Both Sheppard and Durant attended Berkeley schools, had known each other since childhood and grew up in the same South Berkeley neighborhood. … Continue reading »

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Details emerge about fatal Berkeley shooting

Christian Sheppard memorial. Photo: Delency Parham
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The father of two who was fatally shot Tuesday night in South Berkeley had been playing dice with the man who has been charged with killing him after emptying 16 rounds from a semiautomatic handgun into his body, according to court documents released Friday.

According to police, Christian Sheppard and Anthony Durant were the only players in a dice game behind the apartment complex at 1611 Russell St. just prior to the Oct. 6 shooting, which was Berkeley’s first homicide of 2015.

Court documents indicate Durant shot 16 rounds at Sheppard before fleeing the crime scene and dumping the gun in a nearby yard, according to police. The two men both attended Berkeley schools, had known each other since childhood and grew up in the same South Berkeley neighborhood.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office charged Durant on Friday afternoon with murder and unlawful firearm activity, both of which are felonies. According to court papers, Durant was prohibited from firearm possession after a robbery in 2006, when he was still a minor. … Continue reading »

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Remembering Christian Sheppard

Christian and his youngest daughter Haylee. Photo: Niya Richardson
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More than 100 friends and family members attended a candlelight vigil Wednesday night for a Berkeley father of two who was killed Tuesday evening in South Berkeley.

Christian Sheppard, 24, was fatally shot in the 1600 block of Russell Street. He will be deeply missed by his community.

As we mourn Christian’s death, those who knew him have been taking time to reflect on all he taught us over the years. He was a young man who was trying to make the best of his situation while at the same time learning from his mistakes. This is a hard time for so many people because Christian was a friend, a companion and an ally to almost everyone he knew.

Christian was known for his ability to relate to almost anyone. He was well-rounded and a man of many talents and passions. Through those passions and talents he was able to establish lifelong friendships.

As a child he loved anything that was related to sports, music and family, and as he went through life he used that love to guide him through his decision making. … Continue reading »

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Police make arrest in fatal shooting of 24-year-old

Residents watch police search the 1600 block of Russell Street for the suspect in a shooting in Berkeley. Photo: David Yee
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Berkeley police have announced the arrest of 24-year-old Anthony Durant following a fatal shooting Tuesday night in South Berkeley.

Police identified the man who was killed as 24-year-old Christian Sheppard of Stockton. Friends, however, said he grew up on Stanton Street in South Berkeley and was a lifelong resident of the neighborhood.

The shooting occurred in the 1600 block of Russell Street, according to police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at approximately 8:30 p.m., police received multiple 911 calls of gunfire near Russell and California streets, Coats said.

When officers arrived in the 1600 block of Russell, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken by paramedics to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  … Continue reading »

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Shooting on Russell in Berkeley sends 1 to hospital

Residents watch police search the 1600 block of Russell Street for the suspect in a shooting in Berkeley. Photo: David Yee
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Update, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. Police arrested Anthony Durant, 24, in the case, and identified the victim as 24-year-old Christian Sheppard. See the update.

Update, Oct. 7, 1:30 a.m. Russell and Julia streets are now open. Police are no longer asking residents to stay inside. According to police, “Some officers remain in the 1600 block of Russell Street as they continue to investigate the shooting. We will provide more details regarding this incident later in the morning.”

Update, Oct. 7, 12:50 a.m. According to police, the roadways will be opening shortly.

Update, 12 a.m. Police detained three people in the 1600 block of Julia Street.

Update, 11:25 p.m. Police reportedly recovered a firearm in the 1600 block of Julia Street at about 10:20 p.m. At about 11 p.m., police called in the Berkeley Fire Department to stage nearby.

Original story, Oct. 6, 9:42 p.m. Police are asking residents in South Berkeley, near the 1600 blocks of Russell and Julia streets, to stay in their homes because authorities are searching for a possibly armed suspect involved in a shooting earlier Tuesday night.

Berkeley Police Officer Jennifer Coats said police got multiple 911 calls just after 8:30 p.m. about the sound of gunfire. Coats said one male was taken by ambulance to the hospital. She did not know whether he was expected to survive. … Continue reading »

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Police investigate suspicious death of Berkeley woman

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The death of a Berkeley woman whose body was found floating in the water near a Richmond park last week is now believed to be suspicious, and police are investigating.

A park user at the Point Isabel Regional Shoreline found the body of Katherine Gravett at about 12:35 p.m. Thursday, July 2, said Carolyn Jones, East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman.

Gravett’s body was found in a rocky area of the water behind an East Bay Municipal Utility District treatment plant at the park.

The 30-year-old was identified Wednesday as a transient from Berkeley who was originally from Fremont.

An autopsy was performed Sunday by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office.

Jones said the coroner found no water in Gravett’s lungs. There was, however, trauma to her head and marks on her neck. … Continue reading »

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3 men held to answer after fatal Berkeley shooting

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An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that three young men charged in the fatal shooting of a Pinole man in Berkeley in December must now stand trial.

Judge Thomas Reardon said Monday afternoon, after a lengthy preliminary hearing that began in May, that the prosecution had presented enough evidence to demonstrate a “strong suspicion” that Gregory Foote, Carl Young and Khalil Phanor were responsible for the shooting that killed 36-year-old Kamahl Middleton, who grew up in Berkeley, and wounded his fiancée, Rebekah Cleberg, during a robbery Dec. 29, 2014.

According to evidence presented during the hearing, the couple had arranged, after posting an ad on Craigslist, to trade 1½ pounds of a strain of medical marijuana called “Girl Scout Cookies,” for a donation of $3,200, to a man who had provided a verified medical cannabis card and state ID card.

The man pictured in that ID card was identified as Carl Young, 20, of San Leandro. According to Alameda County deputy district attorney Rebecca Warren, 19-year-old Foote of Oakland had acted as the driver on the night of the shooting, Young had been assigned to interact with the couple prior to the robbery, and 18-year-old Phanor of San Leandro had been the gunman.  … Continue reading »

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Man tried to shield fiancée during fatal Berkeley shooting

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Moments before being struck by a fatal shotgun blast, a Pinole man killed in Berkeley in December used his body to try to shield his fiancée from the gunman, she testified in court Wednesday.

Rebekah Cleberg of Pinole described the Dec. 29, 2014, shooting in West Berkeley as a medical marijuana exchange that quickly became an armed robbery in the parking lot by the 99 Cents store on San Pablo and University avenues.

Cleberg, 29, said she and her fiancé, 36-year-old Kamahl Middleton, drove to Berkeley from Pinole after arranging to trade about 1½ pounds of a strain of medical marijuana called “Girl Scout Cookies,” for a donation of $3,200, to a man who had provided a verified medical cannabis card and state ID card.

“We told him we were going to give him all the nicest ones,” she said. … Continue reading »

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Police arrest 2 more after December homicide in Berkeley

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Authorities have arrested two more men tied to the fatal shooting in West Berkeley that killed Kamahl Middleton, a 36-year-old El Sobrante man, in December.

Authorities tracked down one of the men — 18-year-old Khalil Leroy Phanor of San Leandro — in Washington state, and arrested him Thursday night. The Alameda County district attorney’s office had already charged Phanor on Monday with murder, robbery and assault with a firearm.

Also charged Monday was 20-year-old San Leandro resident Carl Young, who was arrested last week.

The Berkeley Police Department’s homicide detail arrested a third man, 19-year-old Gregory Foote, on Friday in Hayward, with the assistance of the Hayward Police SWAT team. The arrest took place at 7:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of Tahiti Street. Foote was arrested on suspicion of homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and robbery, and was taken to Berkeley Jail for booking. He was not yet listed online as in custody as of publication time. [Update, 9:22 p.m. Foote is being held without bail at Berkeley Jail and is scheduled for arraignment Monday.] … Continue reading »

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2 men charged after fatal Berkeley shooting

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Two men have been charged with murder after the shooting death in December of an El Sobrante man in a West Berkeley parking lot.

Carl Young Jr., 20, and 18-year-old Khalil Leroy Phanor, both of San Leandro, were charged Monday with murder, second-degree robbery and assault with a firearm by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

Berkeley police arrested Young on Thursday in Oakland, but Phanor is still at large. Officers arrested a 17-year-old male on Thursday as well, but his status was unavailable from authorities Monday because of privacy laws protecting minors.

The fatal shooting took place Dec. 29 on San Pablo Avenue, just north of University Avenue in West Berkeley, in a parking lot used by the 99 Cents Only store and other businesses, and adjacent to Everett & Jones Barbecue. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police arrest 2 after December killing

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Police have arrested a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy in connection with the double shooting in Berkeley in December of an El Sobrante paraplegic who died at the scene, and a woman with him who survived the attack.

Police arrested Carl Young Jr. on Thursday in Oakland on suspicion of murder, second-degree robbery and assault with a firearm. He was arrested at 9 a.m. but was not booked into Berkeley Jail until just after midnight Friday, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. The teenager’s name was not released because he is a minor.

Young is being held without bail, and is scheduled for arraignment Monday at 2 p.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland in Department 112.

The fatal shooting took place Dec. 29 on San Pablo Avenue, just north of University Avenue in West Berkeley, in a parking lot used by the 99 Cents Only store and other businesses, and adjacent to Everett & Jones Barbecue.

The Berkeley Police Department’s homicide detail has been actively investigating the case since the night of Dec. 29, police said Friday.Continue reading »

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El Sobrante man killed in Berkeley shooting

The scene Tuesday on San Pablo Avenue as a city worker cleaned up after a fatal shooting. Photo: Darby Tyro
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Authorities have identified the man who was shot to death in Berkeley on Monday night as 36-year-old Kamahl Middleton of El Sobrante.

He and a 28-year-old woman were shot Monday at about 9:45 p.m. on San Pablo Avenue in a parking lot used by the 99 Cents Only store and other businesses, and adjacent to Everett & Jones Barbecue, just north of University Avenue in West Berkeley.

Police made four arrests in the case in February 2015. See the update.

The woman was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon. … Continue reading »

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