Berkeley police are holding 18-year-old Randall Oscar Alston in connection with the Thursday shooting death outside of Bob’s Liquors of Devin Whitmire, 24.

Alston, a Berkeley resident, is being held without bail at the Berkeley jail on suspicion of murder, according to Lt. Ed Spiller.

Whitmire and a friend were leaving the corner store around 7:34 pm on Thursday when a group of young men confronted them, according to police. One of the people in the crowd had a gun, and when Whitmire and his friend saw it, they started to run west on Oregon Street.

The assailant fired a barrage of bullets, several of which struck Whitmire. He collapsed and died on Oregon Street near Sacramento. His friend ran through the Oregon Park, a senior living complex, and was chased by several others, according to a resident of the complex who asked not to be named. The friend escaped injury.

Police arrested Alston around 8:30 pm that night.

It was the third homicide in Berkeley in 2012.

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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...