Martin Dennis. Credit: BPD

Police arrested a Richmond man on Thursday in connection with shooting at someone, striking a vehicle, in Berkeley earlier this month, authorities report.

When police arrested Martin Dennis, 55, they discovered a firearm, ammunition and “approximately 100 fake MacBook Pro laptops” at his Richmond home, the Berkeley Police Department said Friday in response to a Berkeleyside inquiry.

On Dec. 8, BPD received multiple reports of gunfire just after 8:50 p.m. near San Pablo and Hearst avenues. At the scene, officers found a vehicle that had been damaged by gunfire.

Witnesses provided information that led to the identification of the suspect, BPD said Friday.

On Thursday, detectives arrested Dennis at 4:20 p.m. on a warrant related to the shooting. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a firearm on a person, shooting at an inhabited vehicle or dwelling, being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition. All four allegations are listed as felonies.

BPD identified Dennis as a convicted felon who is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. 

Dennis, who is unemployed, remained in custody at Santa Rita Jail as of Friday afternoon with a bail of $240,000, according to jail records online. He is scheduled for arraignment at the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin on Monday.

Berkeley has had nearly 50 shootings in 2021.

Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...