Berkeley police investigate road rage gunfire on MLK

The shooter fled before police arrived and no one was hurt, BPD said.

Berkeley police investigate road rage gunfire on MLK
Berkeley police block the street for a gunfire investigation Tuesday, March 5, 2024. Scanner Insider

Police closed off a South Berkeley street for an hour on Tuesday to investigate a road rage shooting in broad daylight, authorities report.

No one was hurt, but a reader told The Scanner he "saw major police activity on MLK, which was blocked off for three blocks from Fairview north. Several cars, plus large police van, and an officer was crawling underneath a car."

BPD told The Scanner that there had been a non-injury shooting investigation in the 3100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 1:45 p.m., Berkeley police got a report of a shooting at Fairview and Adeline streets. The shooter fled before police arrived.

When they got to the scene, officers determined that the shooting had actually taken place on MLK.

Police said the shooting "stemmed from a road rage incident after an argument between two drivers — one of the involved drivers shot at the other vehicle after the argument, causing a vehicle collision."

No one was hurt and no arrests have been made, police said.

BPD noted that the information was preliminary and may change "pending further investigation."

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Earlier in the day, at about 2:10 p.m., Berkeley police put out a Nixle alert advising people to avoid the area due to unspecified police activity on Adeline between Fairview and Woolsey streets.

"Please avoid this area for the next unknown timeframe," BPD wrote. "Vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Adeline St. will be impacted."

About an hour later, at 3:15 p.m., they said the roadway was clear and that normal traffic had resumed.

There have been five other shootings in Berkeley this year, leaving two men wounded.

Last year, there had only been two shootings in Berkeley as of this time and no one was wounded until mid-March.

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