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Verbal exchange leads to fatal shooting in Berkeley

A male victim was fatally shot in Berkeley this evening after a verbal exchange led to gunfire, according to police.

Dispatch received a number of 911 calls starting at 7:32 p.m. regarding gunshots in the vicinity of Fairview and Adeline streets.

Arriving officers found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds in the 1800 block of Fairview Street. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased, according to police.

Investigators say that a group of men and women were standing at the corner of Harper Street and Fairview when they were approached by a suspect who fired multiple shots into the group after a verbal exchange. The group fled the scene – as did the suspect, who is still outstanding, according to police.

Around 9:20 p.m. police said Fairview Street was still closed to traffic between Adeline and Ellis streets while investigators process the crime scene. Harper Street is also closed between Woolsey and Fairview.

Anyone with additional information is being asked to contact homicide investigators at (510) 981-5741.


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