A Vallejo felon was charged this week in connection with a drive-by shooting at a crowded Berkeley park in August after he allegedly shot back when a rival gang member opened fire, according to court papers.
Violent crime was down in Berkeley in 2018 for the first time in recent years, Berkeley police reported Tuesday night, and property crime was down, too.
The city of Berkeley has installed 17 surveillance cameras in San Pablo Park in response to security concerns following shootings and other activity at the park in the recent past.
Berkeley officials have increased the reward money police can pay for tips about unsolved murders for the first time since 1998.
Cellphone records, a Chevy Impala and ammunition helped police link an Oakland felon to two gang-related shootings at Berkeley's San Pablo Park, according to court papers obtained by Berkeleyside this week.
Did a South Berkeley landlord try to kill his tenant last summer, or did a "distasteful" joke go terribly wrong?
Phone records, photos and a Honda helped police zero in on a third suspect from gang-related shootings in April, court papers show. He's also been linked to two other gang shootings, including one on I-580, police say.
Berkeley police arrested two men in connection with a gang-related shooting on Milvia Street in July that sent two teenagers to the hospital, according to court papers.
Crime reports in Berkeley fell by double-digit percentages in the first half of 2018, with fewer robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults and property crimes than in the first half of 2017, authorities reported.
Gunfire drew police to South Berkeley on Tuesday night but no injuries have been reported, authorities say.
One person was shot early Saturday morning at the Berkeley Marina, authorities report.
Following a daylight shooting in August, the City Council agreed to install surveillance cameras in the south Berkeley park.
Police have not said whether the injured man, who was not the intended target, is expected to survive. A parked car and at least two buildings also were damaged in the shooting.