17-year-old arrested in attempted murder

Berkeley police have arrested a 17-year-old Berkeley High School junior in connection with allegedly shooting his 14-year-old best friend on Oct. 30.

The shooting happened at 3:26 p.m. in the 1500 block of Alcatraz Avenue. The 17-year-old and 14-year-old Berkeley High freshman were at the 17-year-old’s Alcatraz Avenue apartment when the shooting happened. Police have not released details about how the gun went off. The 17-year-old’s grandmother has said that she believes the shooting is an accident.

The juvenile division of the Alameda County district attorney’s office is still deciding whether to press charges, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department. Berkeley police have recommended he be charged with attempted murder, according to Sgt. Kusmiss.

The 14-year-old remains in critical condition in the hospital.


Because the suspect is a juvenile, Berkeley police are not releasing his name.

Frances Dinkelspiel is co-founder and executive editor of Berkeleyside. Email: frances@berkeleyside.com.