Tag Archives: Shootings in Berkeley
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 »
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.
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 »
A convicted felon is set to enter a plea this week after authorities say he kicked his way into a home in Berkeley, struck a woman in the chest and threatened to shoot a man inside, then fired a handgun into the air after leaving the apartment.
Isaiah Gardea, 22, was arrested Sept. 21 at his Berkeley apartment on Burnett Street, and remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $680,000.
According to court papers, Gardea forced his way into a home in the 1200 block of Ashby Avenue on Sept. 21, and threatened a man, using a gun, around 4:40 a.m. A woman and a 14-year-old girl were also present.
Police say Gardea kicked open the door of the apartment, and hit the woman in the chest, “causing her to stumble.” He then brandished a firearm at the man while threatening to shoot him.
According to police, Gardea then left the home. Witnesses heard several gunshots seconds after he left the unit, “which they believe came from … Gardea based on the close proximity.” … Continue reading »
A Berkeley teenager arrested in August after being found by police with a loaded gun has been charged in connection with a shooting on Carleton Street two days prior to his arrest, authorities said.
According to court papers, Berkeley Police Officer Donovan Edwards responded Monday, Aug. 24, at 7:15 p.m. to Seventh Street and Channing Way in West Berkeley for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Inside the vehicle were Roos, in the backseat, and three juveniles. Roos just turned 18 in August.
Edwards wrote that the vehicle’s driver consented to a search of the silver sedan. During the search, one of the juveniles told Edwards he had a loaded gun in a black backpack. … Continue reading »
Update Aug. 24: Berkeley Police Officer Byron White said Monday that police arrested two juveniles Aug. 22 on suspicion of being minors in possession of a firearm and stolen property. Part of the press release is below:
“On August 22nd at about 9 pm, officers responded to the 1100 block of Carleton Street after receiving multiples calls of gunfire in the area—with a large group of juveniles leaving the area.”
“At the scene, officers learned that there was a party at a nearby residence and someone fired several shots into the air afterward,” according to a Berkeley Police Department press release. “While contacting a group of juveniles near the scene, officers discovered one of them in possession of a handgun.”
“After further investigation into the incident, officers arrested two juveniles for minors in possession of concealed firearm, possession of stolen property, as well as the willful discharge of a firearm in a negligent manner.” … Continue reading »
Berkeley police are investigating a shooting in the 1300 block of Russell Street early Saturday evening, near the southwest corner of San Pablo Park.
At 6:38 p.m. police received several 911 calls for reports of gunshots from the area of San Pablo Park in West Berkeley.
While responding to the location, another caller reported a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound in the 1300 block of Russell Street.
The victim has been taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to a police statement.
Officers are currently on scene investigating the shooting. … Continue reading »
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 »
One person was shot in South Berkeley early Friday morning, but is expected to survive, police said Friday afternoon.
Police responded to a shooting just after 5 a.m. near Ashby Avenue and Newbury Street, which is just west of Shattuck Avenue, said Lt. Alyson Hart of the Berkeley Police Department.
“This appears to be an attempted robbery that escalated to a shooting,” Hart said. “Reports are that the victim will survive and be out of the hospital within a few days.” … Continue reading »
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 »
By Emilie Raguso and Frances Dinkelspiel
Update, 11:44 a.m. Ashby and Shattuck avenues are now open to all traffic, police report. Read our 8:55 a.m. update below to learn more about Monday morning’s shooting.
Update, 10:25 a.m. Police confirmed at 10:24 a.m. that Shattuck Avenue is now open. Ashby Avenue west of Shattuck remains closed. Police advise motorists to use alternate routes.
Update, 9:43 a.m. One neighbor said police told her Shattuck Avenue should be open in the next few minutes, though Ashby Avenue will remain closed between Shattuck and Newbury Street to the west.
Update, 8:55 a.m. A busy South Berkeley intersection remains closed as police investigate an early-morning shooting Monday, authorities said.
According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, the shooting took place at Shattuck and Ashby avenues just before 1:45 a.m., and may have involved two vehicles firing at each other.
Two men in their 20s in one of the vehicles were seriously injured, Coats said. Paramedics who responded took them to Highland Hospital for treatment.
The other vehicle was gone from the area before police arrived, and its occupants remain at large. No arrests have been made. … Continue reading »
A male with a gunshot wound was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon, and Berkeley police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the violence.
Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said officers received multiple 911 calls of possible gunshots just before 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Police responded to the area of 62nd and King streets in South Berkeley, on the Oakland border.
One reader told Berkeleyside he heard six to eight gunshots. … Continue reading »
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.
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 »