Berkeley police are investigating a fatal drive-by shooting that took place around 5:30 p.m. today near the intersection of Russell and Milvia.
Berkeleyside has called the police for details and we’ll update the information as we receive it.
Update 7:11 p.m. Regular commenter Thomas Lord reports through the comments:
For what little it’s worth: closer to 5:15 according to neighbors. Neighbors gathered around the scene also indicated that they had no reason to believe the shooting was connected to anyone who lives on that block. None of the neighbors I spoke with witnessed the event other than hearing the shots and then the sirens.
Apparent relatives and loved ones of the victim were quick to the scene. On a personal note, I felt great sorrow (adequate words fail me) witnessing loved ones discover the terrible news.
Police, the coroner’s office, and the EMT’s on the scene were (for obvious reasons) not in a state where I would have felt OK about probing for more information.
Update 8:10 p.m. According to Berkeley Police Department Sergeant Mary Kusmiss, the BPD received multiple 911 calls at 5:10 p.m. reporting shots fired in the 2800 block of Milvia. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a man in his 30s slumped over the steering wheel of a car, having been shot. Paramedics worked on the victim for 15 minutes, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.
Kusmiss says that the BPD homicide detail is investigating at the scene of the shooting. A number of independent witnesses have come forward and Kusmiss says their “participation will be very helpful”. No other injuries were reported at the scene. According to Kusmiss, the police are open to any explanation for the crime, but “do not believe the shooting was random”. A large number of family and friends were present and, Kusmiss said, it “was a very emotional scene for everyone involved”.
The incident is the second fatal shooting of the year in Berkeley, and the third homicide. There is still a $17,000 reward offered for information in the June 3rd shooting of Kenneth Jerome Tims Jr. at 62nd and King.