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Reward offered to help find suspects in Berkeley homicide

The homicide on March 29 happened close to Bob's Liquor store on the corner of Sacramento and Oregon. Photo: A citizen reporter
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After making one arrest related to the March 29 shooting on Oregon and Sacramento streets which took the life of 24-year-old Vallejo resident Devin Lee Whitmire, Berkeley police are looking additional suspects and offering a reward to help find them.

Randall Oscar Alston, a 19-year-old Berkeley resident, was arrested in connection with the crime. The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of all responsible suspects for Berkeley’s third homicide of 2012.

The shooting came as two men left Bob’s Liquors and were confronted by a crowd of men on the corner, one of whom had a gun and started shooting. The two men fled. One was not injured, but Whitmire was hit and fell down on Oregon Street. Paramedics transported him to a local trauma center where he was pronounced dead. Police arrested Alston about an hour later.

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Berkeley police are holding 18-year-old Randall Oscar Alston in connection with the Thursday shooting death outside of Bob’s Liquors of Devin Whitmire, 24.

Alston, a Berkeley resident, is being held without bail at the Berkeley jail on suspicion of murder, according to Lt. Ed Spiller.

Whitmire and a friend were leaving the corner store around 7:34 pm on Thursday when a group of young men confronted them, according to police. One of the people in the crowd had a gun, and when Whitmire and his friend saw it, they started to run west on Oregon Street. … Continue reading »

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Southside residents contend with spate of shootings

Seal Lolis prepares his barbecues for The Bootstrapper's lunch crowd. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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It was a normal-seeming morning on Sacramento Street on Friday, 14 hours after a man had been murdered on nearby Oregon Street.

Mothers pushed children strapped in their strollers. A man bought two cans of frosty Colt 45 beer and a quarter pint of cognac at Bob’s Liquors. Two young men rapped on the metal gate leading to Perfect Plant Patient’s Group, a medical cannabis collective.

Seal Lolis, the owner of Bootstrapper, a southern style restaurant on Sacramento, lit up the charcoal in the two barbecues right outside his bright red gate. Fridays are barbecue days at the Bootstrapper, and Lolis was getting ready to cook the ribs, links and chicken his regular customers look forward to.

Lolis had been just yards away from the 7:34 pm shooting on Thursday. He was working in his restaurant and heard the shots, but stayed inside. He has been operating a business on Sacramento Street for three years, but cannot remember another time there have been so many gun battles. … Continue reading »

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