A man was shot dead Monday morning in what is Berkeley’s first homicide of 2013.
Berkeley Police Department patrol officers responded around 11:08 a.m. to multiple reports of shots fired, according to Officer Jennifer Coats, spokesperson for Berkeley Police Department.
Upon arriving at the scene, Berkeley police officers found a single victim with gunshot wounds near the intersection of Delaware Street and San Pablo Avenue. The victim was a 34 year-old male, Coats said.
The victim was then transported to a nearby hospital by Albany Fire Department but was later pronounced dead at the hospital, Coats stated.
Berkeley Police Department will not as of yet be releasing the victim’s name “out of respect for those family or friends that still need to be notified of his passing,” according to the department’s press release regarding the incident.
Berkeley police homicide detectives are “actively working the crime scene” and are interviewing witnesses as well as following up on leads, the press release continues.
Berkeley’s first homicide of 2013 echoes a similar incident that took place in late January 2012. Like Monday’s shooting, 2012’s first homicide also involved firearms. Kenneth Warren, 32, was found shot and killed on the 3000 block of Shattuck Avenue.
There were five total homicides in 2012, said Coats, three of which were gun-related incidents. There was only one homicide in all of 2011.