Police Announce Arrest of 17-Year-Old in Connection With Shooting

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Officers from the Berkeley Police Department have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with last Saturday's shooting of another teen in South Berkeley.

According to a statement released at 11 a.m. today by Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, the 17-year-old male has been booked for attempted murder following the shooting of another male teen on Oct. 30 in an apartment in a multi-unit building at 1521 Alcatraz Ave.

The case is currently being reviewed by the Alameda County Juvenile District Attorney for charging consideration, according to the statement.

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. Multiple statements from Kusmiss have indicated that the shooting was not random.

The statement also says the 17-year-old's booking charge could be changed to murder "if the young victim dies." A statement from Kusmiss on Oct. 30 said the victim was still in surgery at about 9:45 p.m. on Saturday after being taken to a local trauma center by Berkeley Fire Department paramedics. Sources at the complex said Sunday the victim was alive and recovering at Highland General Hospital in Oakland.

The department received a single 911 call at about 3:26 p.m. Saturday reporting a single shooting victim. Upon arriving at the scene, Berkeley police officers found a teen victim with a gunshot wound in the apartment.

"This is the total of the details BPD is currently sharing regarding this investigation," Kusmiss said in the statement.

Sarah Springfield is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected]

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