Berkeley resident charged with assault, possession of a firearm after ‘drive-by’ paintball shootings

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Eighteen-year-old Berkeley resident Daylon Davis was charged with “assaulting a person by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury” and for being a “felon in possession of a firearm” March 4, after allegedly committing six “drive-by style paintball assaults,” according to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Byron White.

According to White, the shootings took place Feb. 9 and 10. He reported that 12 people were struck and injured, with one suffering from a “substantial” facial injury. Officers located the suspect’s vehicle in South Berkeley days after the incidents and located the suspected weapon in the trunk.

They also went to Davis’ home, where they found a stolen firearm and two bags of paintballs with 1,000 paint pellets, White added. Davis was not present at his home.

Davis self-surrendered to BPD on March 2.

“The Berkeley Police Department takes great pride in keeping our community safe,” White said in an email. “We appreciate the public’s support and are pleased that we were able to bring justice to those who wish to do harm to our community.”

Kate Finman is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @KateFinman_DC.