Father of victim in Berkeley triple shooting speaks out



"I heard, 'pop, pop,' and then I come here and 'pop, pop, pop, and I look and I saw flames, and I just ducked," Francesca Jones said Monday as she recalled a wild shootout at a popular Berkeley park. 


Jones says never got a good look at who opened fire at San Pablo Park because she hit the ground and scrambled for cover.


"It seemed like, whoever was shooting was going to make sure they were shooting to hit somebody, because they kept on shooting," Jones said. "Just kept shooting."


Another witness, Eric Cox said, "Parents were on top of their children, they were grabbing their children. They were scattering in all different directions. People were just in utter chaos."


The shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. There were up to 200 people outside, including kids at birthday parties.


"They fired into a park full of people. It was a busy day at the park. There were bouncy houses. It's completely unacceptable" said Officer Byron White, Berkeley police spokesman.


The shooting happened in a picnic area next to a children's playground near the corner of Russell and Mabel streets.


"A vehicle pulled up and began shooting at a group of young men who were at San Pablo Park," White said. "We have information that some in that group may have returned fire."


Rashad Albert, 26, who played football at Berkeley High, was shot six times but was released from the ICU on Monday.  His father told KTVU he doesn't know if his son was a target. .


"I don't know. I think Rashad's a good guy, you know," said Garland Albert Sr. "Still a young man, football star. I just think it was something that happened. Wrong place, wrong time."


Police say someone with Albert fired back.


Two other men were hit by stray bullets. A 57-year-old old man was shot in the stomach. A 63-year-old man was grazed in the hand. Both are expected to survive.

Bullets also hit cars and at least one home in the neighborhood.


Residents of the area said they were shocked by the shooting at the park. It's a place where kids play, people walk their dogs and enjoy sports.



"This was daytime and our kids could have been at the park, absolutely, and that's terrifying," said Tamara Ooms. "But that's not a reason to not go to the park in general or leave the neighborhood."



Jones said, "This was innocent people. We were just out having a good time. They didn't care who they were gonna hit. They didn't care."


Berkeley police have stepped up patrols around the park. Investigators are asking witnesses to come forward and are requesting that residents check their surveillance cameras for any footage that could be relevant to the investigation.






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