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Berkeley man shot Sunday night at Ashby Flea Market

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A 21-year-old Berkeley man was shot and injured Sunday night at the Ashby Flea Market and Ashby BART shut down for the evening.

BART police received multiple reports of gunfire at 5:54 p.m., according to BART Lt. Paul Qwan. When BART and Berkeley police arrived on the scene, however, no victim could be found, he said. The victim later took himself to an area hospital. He is in stable condition and was conscious and could talk when police arrived, according to BART Detective Sgt. Tom Smith. His injuries did not appear life-threatening. … Continue reading »

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Shots fired early Saturday near West Berkeley park

Shots were fired after police responded to Strawberry  Creek Park in central Berkeley for reports of a gun early Saturday morning. Image: Google Maps
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The sound of numerous gunshots early Saturday morning woke Berkeley residents around University Avenue and Bonar Street shortly before 1 a.m., leaving many with questions about what had happened.

Berkeley Police Lt. David Frankel said a caller near Strawberry Creek Park had reported a group of males in the park who were talking about a gun.

Police responded to Strawberry Creek to investigate whether there was a weapon and to enforce the park’s operating hours. (It closes at 10 p.m.) … Continue reading »

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Robbery attempt led to Medearis killing; 2 charged

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A robbery gone awry after a dice game in West Berkeley left one man dead and a child with a bullet wound to the face in early September, according to court documents released Tuesday afternoon by authorities.

Police have charged an Oakland man with the Sept. 8 murder of Anthony Medearis Jr., and say the man was also responsible for the shooting that killed 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine at a slumber party in Oakland on July 17.

Authorities say the Carradine killing was retribution for the homicide in South Berkeley earlier that same day of Jermaine Davis, who has been tied to Berkeley’s Waterfront gang.

On Tuesday, authorities announced that two Oakland men, 27-year-old Joseph Carroll Jr. and 22-year-old Darnell Williams Jr., are believed to be responsible for Carradine’s death. Carroll, said police, is the cousin of Jermaine Davis. (His brother, 23-year-old Coleon Carroll, is currently in jail facing charges along with a second defendant for the shooting death of Gary Ferguson Jr. in Berkeley in 2010. The Carroll brothers have been reported by authorities to be ringleaders in the West Berkeley-based Waterfront gang.) … Continue reading »

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‘Ceasefire Walk Against Violence’ comes to West Berkeley

A small memorial was set up in West Berkeley near the site of Zontee Jones' death early last year. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Residents, officials and members of community and religious organizations will walk through West Berkeley on Thursday night to take a stand against violence and remember three men killed in shootings earlier this year. 

Councilwoman Linda Maio’s office helped organize the walk in conjunction with Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Berkeley Congregations Organized for Action (BOCA) and other anti-violence groups. Everyone is welcome.

Three of the city’s four homicides this year have taken place in West Berkeley. In February, Zontee Jones, 34, was shot in broad daylight on Delaware Street and San Pablo Avenue. In August, on the other side of San Pablo at Delaware, Dustin Bynum, 24, was shot at close range in front of Bing’s Liquors. Then, in September, 22-year-old Anthony Medearis Jr. died in a shooting near Eighth and Camelia streets.

“Our West Berkeley residents are deeply shaken,” wrote Maio in a statement about the walk planned for Thursday, Oct. 3. “I think of this as a broad expression of concern and reclaiming our streets for safety.” … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Police investigate possible suicide on Milvia

Police are investigating a possible suicide in an apartment near Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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Berkeley Police are on the scene in the 1600 block of Milvia Street following a 911 call about a loud report at 12:34 p.m., authorities said.

“We have folks out there investigating now,” said Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver shortly before 2 p.m.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats said at about 2:05 p.m. that police are investigating the incident on Milvia as a possible suicide. She said there had been one confirmed fatality. … Continue reading »

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Witnesses, texts link San Leandro man to Berkeley killing

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The man charged with killing 24-year-old Dustin Bynum in Berkeley in August was seen near the crime scene before and after the shooting, according to court documents, though no one actually saw the attack.

Police wrote that Krishna Ferreira, 23, was the only person seen fleeing the scene.

“Although nobody eye-witnessed the shooting, several witnesses saw the victim and the suspected shooter seconds before and saw the same suspect flee on foot eastbound on Delaware St; nobody else was in the immediate area,” according to a court document related to Ferreira’s arrest.

Police used eyewitness accounts as well as video surveillance footage to identify the shooter. According to the report, multiple Berkeley police officers identified Ferreira in the footage.

On Aug. 1, Bynum was shot multiple times outside Bing’s Liquors, at San Pablo Avenue and Delaware Street. Passers-by told Berkeleyside he was shot several times at close range. Paramedics took Bynum to the hospital, but he was later pronounced dead. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police make arrest in August murder

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Berkeley Police detectives have arrested a San Leandro man in connection with the shooting death of Dustin Bynum in August, authorities said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, police arrested 23-year-old Krishna Ferreira on suspicion of murder, according to a notice released by the Berkeley Police Department on Wednesday evening.

Bynum was killed Aug. 1 outside Bing’s Liquors on San Pablo Avenue. Police said patrol officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired, with a man down in the 1800 block of San Pablo Avenue.

Officers who arrived found Bynum, 24, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department, but eventually was pronounced dead. … Continue reading »

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Relatives remember Berkeley shooting victim ‘Lil Tone’

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Family members have identified the man who died Sunday in a shooting in West Berkeley as Anthony ‘Lil Tone’ Medearis Jr.

The 22-year-old lifelong Berkeley resident and father of three children, ages 1, 4 and 7, loved to dance, and was a compassionate family man and “social networker” who was very popular in the community, said two cousins who spoke with Berkeleyside on Monday.

But Medearis also faced difficulties. Relatives said he was raised by his great grandparents and had not found a steady job since leaving high school. There were also some indications from friends that he had ties to Berkeley’s Waterfront gang.

Family members described him as a “wonderful kid” who was “proud of where he was from,” and often wore Cal Berkeley clothing to represent his love for the city.

“He was a shining star, the life of the family,” said cousin Maria Stewart, who said the two grew up much more like siblings. “He was easy going, and always open to advancement.”

Stewart described Medearis as generous, even when he didn’t have much to give.

“He helped other people and, even if he only had 30 cents in his pocket, he’d say, ‘You can have this,’” she said. … Continue reading »

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Man dies after shooting in West Berkeley

Police taped off the street while they investigate a shooting in West Berkeley on Sunday. Photo: Emilie Ragus0
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A man in his 20s was shot twice in the chest in West Berkeley around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, and has died of his wounds, according to friends and neighbors.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats confirmed at 9:30 p.m. that there had been shooting, that the victim was taken to the hospital, and that he was pronounced dead after he arrived there. She said police were still at Eighth and Camelia, where officers were canvassing for evidence and speaking with witnesses. Homicide detectives were on scene, and the roadway on Eighth south of Camelia remains closed off during the investigation, she said. She said police are not releasing any further details at this time.

The man, who is reported to have attended Berkeley High School, was said by several who knew him to be visiting friends in an apartment near Eighth and Camelia just before the shooting. Neighborhood residents said he was shot near a church on Camelia, then ran through an alley onto Page Street west of Eighth. He ran to a neighbor’s door to ask for help, but then collapsed on the ground, according to witnesses. The victim called out, “Help me, somebody, help me,” according to a woman who came across him on her way to the grocery store, but asked not to be named. “He looked so scared,” she said. … Continue reading »

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Police identify Berkeley shooting victim

Berkeley's third homicide of the year took place Thursday night outside Bing's Liquor's on San Pablo Avenue. Photo: Google
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Police have identified the man who died after a shooting on San Pablo Avenue on Thursday night as 24-year-old Dustin Bynum of Berkeley.

Witnesses said Bynum was shot three times at close range on Thursday at about 9:20 p.m. outside Bing’s Liquors, in the 1800 block of San Pablo. Bynum was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he later was pronounced dead, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats.  … Continue reading »

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24-year-old man dies after Berkeley shooting

Berkeley's third homicide of the year took place Thursday night outside Bing's Liquor's on San Pablo Avenue. Photo: Google
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A man who was shot Thursday night outside Bing’s Liquors in northwest Berkeley was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said just after 11 p.m.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats confirmed just after 10 p.m. that the man had life-threatening injuries when he was taken to the hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department. He was later pronounced dead, said Coats via email at 11:09 p.m.

According to a statement released by police at 1 a.m., the victim was 24 years … Continue reading »

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Berkeley homicide suspect arrested in San Diego

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A 21-year-old man named by authorities as one of two people responsible for the killing of Zontee Jones in West Berkeley in February was arrested in San Diego earlier this month.

According to San Diego Police Lt. Jorge Duran, Maurice Thomas Jr. was arrested in San Diego on July 4 on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.  … Continue reading »

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Shooting on Dohr Street in Berkeley sends man to hospital

Police have not released any suspect information from a shooting near San Pablo Park on Monday night. Image: Google Maps
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A 20-year-old Berkeley man was shot near Sacramento and Ward streets on Monday night, police said Wednesday afternoon.

Monday at approximately 7:05 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department responded to the area of Oregon and Dohr streets following a report of a single gunshot, said officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, via email. … Continue reading »

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