Police say Alex Goodwin Jr., a 22-year-old musician from South Berkeley, was not his killer’s intended target.
Tony Walker described himself as a “washed-up nobody” who probably deserved to die in prison.
Until now, the motive for the fatal shooting has been shrouded in mystery. That is set to change Monday as part of a recent plea deal.
According to detectives, the killer’s grandmother watched him stage the crime scene and waited to call police so he could make his escape.
A young woman in her 20s was also wounded in Tuesday night’s shooting, but she is expected to survive.
It is Berkeley’s second fatal shooting of the year. Last year, there were no homicides in Berkeley.
Berkeley native Tobias Eagle was just 30 years old when he was fatally shot in his backyard on Blake Street. Detectives are still trying to solve the case.
As of Sept. 9, two people had been killed and 11 wounded in shootings in Berkeley this year. There have been at least 37 confirmed shootings.
The killing marks Berkeley’s first homicide in more than a year.
Arriving officers found a man lying in the street and performed life-saving measures until the Berkeley Fire Department arrived.
Authorities say Patrick Scott Jr. was an innocent victim and that his “murder was a senseless act of violence.”
Charles Jones has been charged with the murder of Sereinat’e Henderson and the attempted murder of several relatives with her during the shooting.