Teenager Shot in Accident

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A teenage victim was shot Saturday afternoon in South Berkeley in what multiple sources have called an accident, marking the second shooting in the immediate area in only a week.

According to a statement from Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department late Saturday night, the department received a single 911 call reporting a shooting victim at about 3:26 p.m. Oct. 30. In the statement, Kusmiss said officers found a male victim in his teens with a gunshot wound in an apartment in a multi-unit building located at 1521 Alcatraz Ave.

Multiple sources who live in and around the apartment complex said Sunday that the victim was accidentally shot in the head while playing with a friend. The department statement indicated that the shooting was not random.

Multiple sources also said the victim was taken to Highland General Hospital in Oakland by Berkeley Fire Department paramedics for treatment following the shooting.

The victim was in surgery at 9:45 p.m. Saturday, according to the statement, and sources at the apartment complex Sunday afternoon said he is alive and recovering.

According to the statement, detectives remained on scene continuing the investigation late into the evening Saturday.

The shooting Saturday occurred about a half-mile away from last Tuesday's double shooting on Sacramento Street just south of Russell Street in which one victim - 35-year-old Gary Ferguson, Jr. of Oakland - was killed and another was hospitalized. Brandon Wallace, 21, of Bay Point, has been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the Tuesday shooting.

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