Update: Tenant arrested after shooting maintenance man

The incident happened in the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue near Dwight Way not far from the UC Berkeley campus.

Update: Tenant arrested after shooting maintenance man
Police are investigating a shooting at an apartment complex on Hillegass Avenue near UC Berkeley, Sept. 18, 2023. Google Street View

A Berkeley tenant has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after shooting a maintenance worker in the leg Monday morning, authorities report.

The 43-year-old tenant initially said he shot the 45-year-old worker because he believed he was trying to break into his apartment in Southside Berkeley, Berkeley police said.

By the end of the day, however, homicide investigators had arrested Giancarlo O'Hara on suspicion of attempted murder. Details on the possible motivation for the shooting remained slim.

The incident happened around 11:40 a.m. Monday in the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue, near Dwight Way, not far from the UC Berkeley campus.

Berkeley PD: Tenant asked for repair work before shooting
When the victim tried to flee, the tenant followed him into the hallway and shot him, police said, before calling BPD to report an attempted burglary.

A reader who saw "a dozen squad cars plus half a dozen firefighters screaming up Dwight Way to Hillegass" asked The Scanner to find out more.

Despite the tenant's initial report about an alleged burglary attempt, police quickly determined that the victim was actually a maintenance man who was trying to enter the man's apartment to do work.

The case remains under investigation, police said.

The maintenance man was conscious and breathing when first responders got to the scene, according to dispatch traffic.

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Police and firefighters found him on the floor near the exit door with a gunshot wound to the lower right leg, according to initial reports.

Giancarlo O'Hara. BPD

The Berkeley Fire Department took the wounded man to the hospital shortly before noon, according to emergency traffic.

As of late Monday afternoon, O'Hara was being held without bail at Berkeley Jail and was set for arraignment Wednesday, according to booking records online.

There have been 23 confirmed shootings in Berkeley this year, wounding six people. None have been fatal.

This story was updated after publication due to the developing nature of events.

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