Police respond to shooting in South Berkeley

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Berkeley police officers are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday afternoon in South Berkeley. No arrests have yet been made.

At approximately 1 p.m. Monday, officers from Berkeley Police Department responded to reports of loud noises around the intersection of Russell and Sacramento streets, according to an email from Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, spokesperson for the department.

A group of men were standing in front of a property in the 1500 block of Russell Street when a male pedestrian walked by, according to Kusmiss. After a “verbal exchange” between the pedestrian and the group, a member of the group shot a pistol before fleeing the area, according to Kusmiss.

Officers could not locate the suspect.

A preliminary investigation found shell casings in the area but no blood or any other indicators of injuries, according to Kusmiss. No victims have come forward.

The city of Berkeley has seen multiple shootings in 2012 but only one that has resulted in death.

The police department has not made any arrests and is urging anyone with information to call the police department at (510) 981-5741.

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Soumya Karlamangla is the city news editor.

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