2 shot and injured at Alcatraz and King in Berkeley

Parmedics wheel a shooting victim into an ambulance, in Berkeley, on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. This was the most recent in a string of shootings over the past few days. Photo: David Yee ©2016
Parmedics wheel a shooting victim into an ambulance in Berkeley on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. Photo: David Yee

The Berkeley Police Department responded to shootings near King Street and Alcatraz Avenue on Sunday at around 8:23 p.m.

According to Lt. Alyson Hart from the Berkeley Police Department, dispatch received a call at 8:23 p.m. of “six-seven loud reports” in the area of Alcatraz Avenue, King and 63rd streets. Police located two victims on King Street north of Alcatraz. One victim was shot twice in the abdomen and the other in the leg. Lt. Hart said neither wound was considered to be life-threatening. Both shooting victims were transported to Highland Hospital.

Photos taken by Berkeleyside contributing photographer David Yee show a person being transported by first responders out of a residential building on a stretcher.

Several Berkeleyside readers reported hearing multiple gunshots in the area, and many local residents heard sirens from first-responders racing to the scene.

Police advised people to avoid the area of King and Alcatraz via a Nixle alert at around 8:42 p.m.

Twitter lit up at around 8:25 p.m with alerts tagged to Berkeleyside:

The incident follows a spate of shootings in Berkeley over the past few days, one of which resulted in the second homicide of the year, not far from Sunday’s incident. Ignacio Francis Jr. was gunned down while standing with a group in the 1800 block of Fairview Street on Sept. 22. On Sept. 23 Berkeleyside attended a vigil for Francis at the spot where he was shot.

This is a developing story. Berkeleyside updated the story as we gathered more information.

Police responded to a shooting in South Berkeley at King and Alcatraz. Image: Google Maps
Police responded to shots in South Berkeley at King and Alcatraz. Image: Google Maps

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside. Email: tracey@citysidejournalism.org.