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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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Gun violence makes for busy weekend for Berkeley police

Police responded to two shootings in South Berkeley over the weekend. Locations are approximate and reflect only the block. Image: Google Maps
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Berkeley police handled two significant incidents over the weekend involving gunfire, one that sent a man to the hospital and another that led to the arrest of three 18-year-olds.

Police have been unable to respond to a request for information about the incidents, so Berkeleyside reviewed scanner transmissions to learn, at least preliminarily, about what took place. The information that follows has not been confirmed, but this story will be updated if details are provided by authorities.

Saturday, police responded to a home on Stuart Street, near California Street, after a man called police to report that he had been shot in the leg. Paramedics took the man to Highland Hospital for treatment, but he was not cooperative, according to scanner recordings.

(Update, 6 p.m. A brief statement from police appears at the bottom of this story.)

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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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Berkeley man sent to prison after 2014 shooting

A Berkeley man is going to prison after a shooting outside this liquor store in 2014. Image: Google Maps
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A Berkeley man was sentenced to prison last week after shooting another man twice outside a San Pablo Avenue liquor store last year.

Arthur Palmer, 51, was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison, and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution in connection with the shooting.

Authorities initially charged Palmer with attempted murder and assault with a firearm causing great bodily injury.

An Alameda County Superior Court judge held Palmer to answer on those charges in August 2014 and ordered him to face trial. … Continue reading »

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Update: Bullet strikes car of family on I-80

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A family of three driving on Interstate 80 on Tuesday night was surprised when a bullet struck their vehicle, shattering a window and injuring a woman who was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Inside the vehicle were a woman in her 60s, a woman in her 30s and an 8-year-old child.

Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman, said BPD and the California Highway Patrol are investigating the incident, which took place in West Berkeley on eastbound I-80 between the Ashby Avenue and University Avenue off-ramps.
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Police arrest 2 after Bonar music video shoot

The corner of Bonar Street and Allston Way in Berkeley, as seen in the "Hot Boi Weez Mob Nigga" video.
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[Editor’s Note: This story was updated after publication to include a comment from Berkeley rap musician Hotboi Weez.]

Police arrested two men on suspicion of firearm-related violations during a music video shoot on Bonar Street in West Berkeley over the weekend.

At about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, police received several calls about a group of 10 who were “posing around a vehicle with guns” in the 2200 block of Bonar Street, police said.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the group was filming a music video,” said Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman. “During the detention, officers discovered two firearms and a replica firearm with an altered orange tip. Additional investigation into the group revealed an additional handgun as well as a quantity of cocaine, alprazolam, marijuana, and cash.”

Police confiscated the footage and camera equipment being used to film the video, according to scanner reports. … Continue reading »

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Man shot during robbery at Berkeley hydroponic shop

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A man was shot during a robbery at a West Berkeley business Saturday afternoon, authorities have reported.

The incident took place just before 4:30 p.m. at 1655 Fifth St., at E.C. Hydro, a hydroponic and garden supply shop that has been open since 1989.

“We received a call from an individual who reported being shot during a robbery which occurred inside a commercial business or warehouse,” said Berkeley Police Capt. Andrew Greenwood.

The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken by the Berkeley Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment. … Continue reading »

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Alameda man charged in West Berkeley shooting

Police responded to West Berkeley for a report of a shooting Saturday. Photo: Tom Price
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An Alameda man has been charged with eight felonies linked to four separate victims from a shooting in West Berkeley near San Pablo Park in August that sent one man to the hospital.

Jamell Tousant, 38, is being held at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $2.37 million, and is scheduled for an attorney and plea hearing next Wednesday.

According to court papers, Tousant drove to Berkeley on Aug. 15, and stopped in the 2800 block of Mabel Street, near Oregon Street, on the border of San Pablo Park at about 6:40 p.m.

He got out and fired multiple rounds from an assault rifle at a group of four men walking along Mabel, and struck one of them in the leg. A passenger from Tousant’s vehicle also fired at the group, according to police. (The man who was shot was taken to the hospital for treatment, and later was released.)

Two homes were struck by gunfire, as was a vehicle. A witness told police that a white vehicle fled the scene, and was able to pass on the vehicle’s license plate number to authorities. … Continue reading »

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2 stabbings on Telegraph; gunshots on Mabel

Berkeley Police cruisers on Telegraph, March 2014. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, Oct. 19, 3:30 p.m. Police said they later determined both stabbings on Telegraph were related to the same street fight, as reported Monday by the Daily Cal.

Original story, Oct. 17, 1:44 a.m. Berkeley Police officers had a busy night Friday, including two stabbings on Telegraph Avenue, and a call about gunshots on Mabel Street.

Berkeley Police Lt. Alyson Hart said neither of the stabbing victims appeared to have life-threatening injuries, and neither were cooperating with investigators. The stabbings did not initially appear to be related, but the investigation is ongoing.

At about 11:30 p.m., officers were called to Telegraph and Durant avenues, outside Pappy’s bar, for a report of an adult male stabbing victim. He was taken to the hospital for medical care. … 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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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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Berkeley man charged after firearm assault, threats

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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 »

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