Berkeley police investigate Dec. 23 shootings on Sacramento Street. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

The shooting of two teenagers of Sacramento Street near Woolsey on Dec. 23 was more violent than originally reported.

Five youths, including one who was just 16, pulled out guns and fired at one another at around 12:41 pm, injuring two, striking a passing taxi, some cars, and a nearby residence, according to court documents.

Tyler Frank Jamison, 16, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with the case. He appeared briefly in Alameda County Court on Tuesday and is scheduled to return April 10. Although he is a juvenile, Jamison, who attended B-Tech in 2010-2011, is being tried as an adult. Tyrone Anthony Terell, 18, has been charged with a weapons violation.

Berkeley Police responded to Sacramento Street in December after neighbors reported the sound of gunshots and the sight of two men fleeing. At the time, police officials told the press that a shooter or shooters had fired at two youths walking along Sacramento Street. Police did not know on Dec. 23 how many assailants were involved.

The two victims later went to Children’s Hospital in Oakland for treatment. One had been shot in the buttocks, and was treated and released. The other suffered gunshot wounds to his ankle, buttocks, and abdominal area and was admitted for treatment. His wounds were serious, but not life threatening, according to police.

It turns out that three young men on Sacramento Street pulled out guns and started firing at the two other men, according to court documents. As the three men fired at the fleeing pair, the two men pulled out their own guns and returned fire. Bullets hit nearby cars and houses, as well as the two victims, who ran southbound on Sacramento Street to escape. The three assailants ran north on Sacramento Street, turning east on Woolsey and then south through an apartment complex.

“The route the three suspects used to flee would have put them in the rear yard of Jamison’s residence,” Berkeley Detective Todd Sabins wrote in court documents.

There were at least 20 evidence markers at the site shortly after the shooting, indicating that a large number of bullets had been fired. Lt. Andrew Greenwood said at the time they did not all mark bullet casings.

Berkeley police arrested Jamison and Terrell on January 13, but did not release information about the arrest for more than 10 days.

Police have not announced any motive for the shootings.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...