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The Berkeley Police Department is asking the community for help in identifying two suspects involved in a street robbery that resulted in the shooting of a pedestrian in the Elmwood last Sunday, around 6.20pm.

According to a police release, an unidentified suspect attempted to rob a 62-year-old male pedestrian on the 2700 block of Russell Street. During the incident the suspect shot the victim once, striking him in the lower torso.
The suspect ran from the scene and was possibly driven away in a late model silver crossover vehicle such as a Mercedes Benz or BMW. A BPD patrol officer was within three blocks of the incident and heard the shot and began to investigate. A witness flagged down the officer and pointed out the victim. Berkeley Fire Department personnel treated the victim for a non-threatening gunshot wound. It is believed the victim has now been released from hospital.

The suspects are described as an Asian male in his late teens to early 20s, 5.5″-5.10″, thin to medium build, round face, clean-shaven, short dark hair, a hooded jacket and baggy pants, armed with a pistol. And an unknown-race female with long dark hair who was driving the car.

If you have any information about this violent crime please call the BPD Homicide Detail at 510-981 5741 or the non-emergency number at 510-981 5900.


Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. TN: I agree with you. This is very shocking for this neighborhood — which I know well as I live close by. It seems nowhere is immune from terrifying violent crime these days.

  2. This is very surprising. 2700 Russell Street is the corner of Russell and College Avenue in the heart of Elmwood. I used to live there years ago, a few doors up from Nabalom’s bakery.

    It is hard to believe that someone would commit an armed robbery in that neighborhood at that hour when many restaurants and shops are still open and many customers are wandering on the sidewalks.

    It is even harder to believe that the robber would fire their weapon and hit their victim.

    I now live in West Berkeley, where I’ve seen more than my share of violence on the street. I wouldn’t have been too surprised to hear of something like this around my neighborhood. I’m totally surprised to hear about this in Elmwood.