Update, Nov. 20: When shots were fired in southwest Berkeley on Friday night, a stray bullet entered a home on the 1200 block of Carrison Street, according to Berkeley police. A Berkeleyside reader had inquired about a “crime scene” at Carrison and Mabel Street on Monday morning, and BPD Sgt. Andrew Frankel said it was related to the gunfire reported Friday. “The ID tech responded to document the scene” where the bullet entered the home, he said in an email. Original story, Nov. 18: Berkeley police received multiple calls about gunfire in South Berkeley late Friday night. Calls began to come in at about 11:20 p.m. about gunfire heard from the 1500 block of Harmon Street, the 1300 block of Ashby Avenue and from Carrison and Acton streets. One caller also heard a vehicle speed off, but it was unknown whether it was related, said Sgt. Todd Sabins of the Berkeley Police Department. Callers heard 8-12 gunshots, and police found casings at multiple locations on Carrison Street between Mabel Street and San Pablo Avenue, Sabins said. Carrison is a two-block street just south of Ashby Avenue, between San Pablo Avenue and Acton Street. Police responded to check the area and canvas for information. An officer went to Alta Bates Hospital to ask about any walk-in patients with gunshot injuries, but found none.
After minimal gunfire in Berkeley this year, there has been a recent uptick. Police handled a shooting Tuesday night at Alcatraz and Sacramento Street that left an 18-year-old with a gunshot wound to the leg. That followed a shooting two weeks prior, on Halloween, in the 1500 block of Fairview (near Sacramento) where a 25-year-old was shot in the leg. Both victims were expected to survive. Berkeleyside will update this post if additional information becomes available. The map below shows many of the gunfire incidents in 2017. A key to the markers appears below the map.
In the map above, yellow markers indicate property damage or casings found only, and red markers indicate that someone was injured. The single orange marker shows a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The circumstances at the pea-green marker have not been determined. Click each marker for additional information.
Police investigators are asking for the public’s help regarding this shooting. If you have any information regarding the gunfire, or noticed any suspicious activity in the area, they ask that you call the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900.
[Editor’s note: It’s possible other incidents have occurred, but these are the ones Berkeleyside reported. Berkeleyside has requested further information from BPD about any other gunfire incidents this year.]