Update, 5:50 a.m. Berkeley police issued a Nixle alert around 5:15 a.m. in which they said the shooting victim was a 35-year-old man. He is in critical condition at an Alameda County hospital. BPD reiterated that the event does not appear to be random and said the man likely had no UC Berkeley affiliation. Officers have left the crime scene but the investigation remains ongoing.
Update, 12:50 a.m. Despite word-of-mouth reports of multiple shootings late Saturday night in Berkeley, authorities say there was just one shooting, and it left a man with serious injuries.
Berkeley Police Lt. Alyson Hart said police got multiple reports of possible gunfire beginning at 11:10 p.m. in the general area of Dana and Haste streets, in the Southside neighborhood near the UC Berkeley campus.
Officers who went to the area found a man lying in the street on Haste just west of Dana. He appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound, Hart said.
Officers rendered first aid until paramedics were able to take the man to a local hospital for treatment.
He was still alive as of about 12:50 a.m. but his injuries appeared to be serious.
Hart said the shooting did not appear to have been random.
“It wasn’t somebody who just happened to be walking down the street and was shot,” she noted, in response to concerns among the campus population described by Berkeleyside. (Update: No further information was immediately available about the identity of the victim except that he appeared to be in his mid-20s.)
The investigation is underway, Hart said, and officers remain on the scene. There was no suspect description to release as of publication time.
The intersection of Haste and Dana is closed to vehicle traffic and police ask the community to avoid the area.
Original story, 12:27 a.m. Berkeley police officers responded to a shooting near People’s Park late Saturday night but the condition of the victim was unknown as of publication time.
The shooting happened shortly before 11:15 p.m. at Dwight Way and Dana Street, according to reports from the community.
Berkeleyside has requested information from BPD and will update this post if it is provided.
The last reported shooting in Berkeley took place about three weeks ago, Sept. 25, at Alcatraz and King streets. Two people were injured.
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