A Berkeley teenager who was shot and killed Feb. 9 in East Oakland in what was possibly a gang-related shootout has been identified by authorities.
Sgt. Patricia Wilson of the Alameda County Coroner’s office has confirmed that the victim was 17-year-old Tyler Jamison. She said he was shot to death on the 4000 block of Quigley Street in Oakland’s Laurel District
At approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jamison was caught in a shootout between two groups and died on the scene from his wounds, according to an article published in the Oakland Tribune on Monday. It is unknown whether Jamison himself was armed.
The article goes on to say the police have not ruled out the possibility that the shooting was gang-related. No arrests had been made as of Feb. 11.
Berkeley Unified School District spokesperson Mark Coplan has confirmed that Jamison was enrolled in Berkeley Technology Academy in the district but then transferred to an unknown school.
The Tribune reports that Jamison was previously charged with two counts of attempted murder by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for a Dec. 23, 2011, shooting in Berkeley near Sacramento and Woolsey streets.
Jamison was involved in an altercation in which he and five other juveniles reportedly pulled out guns and began shooting at one another, which ended with two people injured.
These charges were dropped after witnesses apparently refused to testify against Jamison, according to the Tribune’s report. No connection between Jamison’s death and this
previous incident has been reported.
Andy Nguyen is the lead crime reporter. Contact him at [email protected].