Man Shot in South Berkeley In Third Homicide This Year

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Correction Appended

A man was shot and killed late Monday night in South Berkeley in what police say is the city's third homicide of the year.

Police have identified the man as Ceron Burns, 25, of San Leandro. Burns was shot at 11:32 p.m. outside Rosewood Manor Apartments on the 1600 block of Russell Street, Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss told Bay City News.

Burns suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he was pronounced dead at 12:04 a.m. yesterday, Kusmiss said.

Tenants in the Rosewood building said they heard two or three gunshots outside the building, but nothing else. Police arrived on the scene in less than one minute, Kusmiss said.

She said there is no information about suspects or a motive for the shooting at this time.

According to a maintenance custodian at the apartment building, police took the security camera that monitored the area outside the building. The shooting may have been caught on the security camera tape, the custodian said.

Berkeley resident Brandon Terrell Jones, 29, was killed on Feb. 24 on the 1500 block of Harmon street, which is approximately seven blocks away from the site of Burns' killing. No arrests have been made in that homicide.

Police say they are unsure if the two homicides are related.

Neighbors said they are concerned by the amount of crime in the area.

"It's very scary," said a neighbor, who was granted anonymity because he said he feared retribution. "We are new here, but we think we are going to move."

Police say they are asking anyone with information about this crime to call the Berkeley police department homicide detail at 510-981-5741 or 510-981-5900.

Bay City News contributed to this report.


Correction: Friday, May 16, 2008
The article misidentified Creon Burns, 24.

The Daily Californian regrets the error.

Contact Vanessa Lord at [email protected]

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