BERKELEY, Calif. (KTVU) - A man was left in critical condition Tuesday after he was shot at San Pablo Park in Berkeley.
The shooting happened around 11 a.m., according to the Berkeley Police Department. Authorities said a man in his 20’s was shot multiple times. He was found outside the public restrooms at the park next to the basketball courts.
Several neighbors reported hearing gunshots, including Rachel Block who said she went to the door to look outside. She saw a group of children on the basketball courts.
“Someone was yelling at them to orderly run in the other direction,” Block said.
Byron White with the Berkeley Police Department said the suspect was last seen running away from the park on Ward Street. A witness described the suspect as a light-skinned man in his 20’s, about 6 feet tall, wearing a cream-colored shirt and baggy jeans.
“We don’t know the motive at this point,” White said. “The investigation is ongoing.”
Detectives tagged multiple pieces of evidence and canvassed the neighborhood for clues.
“There have been shooting here in the past, but this is a rare occurrence,” White said. “This is a community park and people use it on a daily basis.”
White said this is the 13th shooting in Berkeley targeting people or property, compared to a total of 17 shootings the city had for all of last year.
Residents hope this park shooting is an isolated case.
“You have, children over here, a daycare, children on the playground, people over there playing tennis…anybody could have got hurt,” Ted Bell, a resident, said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Berkeley Police at 510-981-5900.