Updated: Homicide in South Berkeley

By Dan McMenamin, BCN
Thursday June 03, 2010 - 10:28:00 PM

A 30-year-old man was fatally shot in Berkeley on Thursday evening, and police are seeking possible witnesses. 

At about 6:30 p.m., officers responded to King Street, just south of 62nd Street, on reports of multiple shots fired. They arrived to find a man suffering from at least one gunshot. 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified today by the Alameda County coroner's bureau as Berkeley resident Kenneth Tims Jr. 

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting, and police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said investigators are asking for the public's help in solving the case. 

"It was during what's essentially rush hour, so it's possible someone saw something," she said. "Even the smallest thing can make a big difference." 

Investigators are also looking into the possibility of a connection between Thursday's shooting and another one that occurred a block away just two weeks earlier. 

At about 11 a.m. on May 20, a 39-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman were critically injured after being shot while sitting in a car parked near the intersection of King and 63rd streets. 

Police announced last week that Doran Williams, Jr., a 27-year-old Oakland man, was wanted on a no-bail arrest warrant for one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. 

He hasn't been arrested, and should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Kusmiss said investigators "are certainly looking into the possibility of a connection (between the two shootings), but there's no confirmation that they're related." 

Thursday's shooting marks the second homicide in the city this year. There were nine homicides in Berkeley in 2009. 

People with information about Thursday's shooting, as well as Williams' whereabouts in connection with the May 20 shooting, are asked to call Berkeley police detectives at (510) 981-5741 or police communications at (510) 981-5900. 

Callers who want to remain anonymous can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 222-8477.