Resident Shot in Face in South Berkeley

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A Berkeley resident was shot in the face Sunday evening in what some South Berkeley neighborhood activists are calling a growing, possibly drug-related conflict in their neighborhood.

The man, whose name police have not released, was shot in his car at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday evening while he was driving on the 2600 block of California Street, Berkeley police said.

The man sustained “non-life-threatening wounds to the fleshy part of his face,” Berkeley police Officer Ed Galvan said.

An adult female and an infant were in the car when the man was shot, said Berkeley police Lt. Andrew Greenwood, but neither was injured. Police did not say whether the woman and infant were related to the man.

As of Monday morning, the man was still in the hospital, Galvan said.

The man has not been cooperating with the police in the investigation, said Galvan, who did not speculate as to why.

Investigators are looking into whether the incident was drug-related. Galvan said he did not know whether investigators had any suspects for the shooting.

Some neighborhood activists said the shooting is part of a growing trend in the area.

“(This) is very disconcerting to the community because it is falling on the heels of many other shootings,” said South Berkeley activist Laura Menard. “This is a beef getting played out in the streets.”

Menard pointed to a similar incident on Sacramento Street in late November, when two male victims were shot and refused to cooperate with the police.

At least two other incidents within a mile of Saturday’s shooting in the last year add to area residents’ concerns.

In early December an elderly woman was stabbed at her home on Parker Street and last March a 36-year-old man was shot and killed in the same neighborhood while hosting a party for his children. Police have identified suspects in each case.

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