Man shot on Harrison is first Berkeley shooting of the year

The call initially came in as an active shooter situation. Authorities ultimately determined that was not the case.

Man shot on Harrison is first Berkeley shooting of the year
Police investigate a shooting on Harrison Street, Jan. 7, 2024. Paul Kealoha Blake

One man was taken to the hospital Sunday morning and another has been arrested in Berkeley's first shooting of the year, authorities report.

The call, which came in as an active shooter report, prompted a shelter-in-place warning and brought officers from multiple agencies to the neighborhood.

Police ultimately determined there was no active shooter situation but they did find a victim at the scene.

In the hours that followed, BPD arrested a man in connection with the case. They said an accomplice remains outstanding.

BPD got a call just before 6 a.m. that a man had been shot in the 700 block of Harrison Street in West Berkeley, the Berkeley Police Department said.

A BPD supervisor requested help from other agencies because the report was described as an active shooter call.

At 6:08 a.m., UCPD, which oversees University Village student housing just north of Harrison Street, put out a WarnMe alert advising of a "Critical incident at 711 Harrison St."

The brief alert said only that "police activity is occurring" and advised residents to shelter in place for safety.

Arriving officers "immediately took steps to secure the scene and rescue any victims," BPD said.

Police found an adult male victim with a gunshot wound just outside the homeless shelter at 711 Harrison St.

BPD officers provided emergency first aid and the Berkeley Fire Department took the man to the hospital for treatment.

No further information about the victim was immediately available.

Berkeley police searched the area for shooters and other victims but did not initially find anyone.

They ultimately arrested a man in connection with the shooting at 10:45 a.m., BPD said.

No details about him or his arrest were immediately available.

Berkeley shootings in 2024: The definitive gunfire map
As of Jan. 7, Berkeley has had one shooting in 2024 with one person wounded. Last year, no one was wounded until March.

The Berkeley Police Department said what led to the shooting remains under investigation.

Officers from UCPD, Albany, Emeryville and Kensington all came to Berkeley to assist in Sunday morning's response.

There had been one non-injury shooting in Berkeley as of this time last year. Berkeley did not have an injury shooting until March 2023.

This story will be updated when additional information is available.

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