This morning members of the Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) Special Response Team and Investigations Bureau served three search warrants in Berkeley and one in Oakland related to the June 11, 2014 shooting that occurred in the 1600 block of Russell Street.
On June 11, 2014 at approximately 4:33 p.m., BPD received several 9-1-1 calls reporting gunshots in the area of Russell Street and California Street. As officers responded to the area, it was reported there was a victim, suffering from gunshot wounds. Once officers arrived on scene they located two gunshot victims. Both victims were transported to a local hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department with non-life threatening injuries. The victims are both males, ages 18 and 21 respectively.
Today’s warrant services were a result of the on-going shooting investigation. BPD Homicide Detectives have been actively working this case since June 11th, which culminated with this morning’s actions. The investigators developed information implicating Anthony Durant, a 23 year old Berkeley resident, and Donzale Mejia, a 22 year old Oakland resident, as suspects in the shooting.
Mejia was arrested this morning in Oakland during the execution of the search warrants.
Durant is currently outstanding and wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and should be considered armed and dangerous.
BPD is seeking the community’s help in apprehending Durant. Anyone with information regarding Durant’s whereabouts is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at 510-981-5741 or 510-981-5900. If callers wish to remain anonymous he/she may call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) Tip Line at (800) 222-TIPS (8477)
The Berkeley Police Department would like to thank The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and the Oakland Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.