BERKELEY (KRON) — Berkeley police are investigating a fatal shooting on Fairview Street on Thursday night, police said.
The shooting happened on the 1800 block of Fairview Street at around 7:32 p.m., police said. When officers arrived at the scene, they said they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds.
Police have identified the victim as 19-year-old Ignacio Francis Jr., of Berkeley.
Police tried to revive the victim, but he died at the hospital, police said.
“Initial reports indicate that a small group of men and women were standing on the corner of Harper and Fairview Streets when they were approached by the suspect, an adult male. Following some type of verbal exchange, the suspect produced a handgun and fired multiple rounds into the group striking the victim and causing the others to flee,” police said in a press release.
The shooting happened two blocks away from the Ashby BART station.
The suspect ran away from the scene and is on the loose, police said.
Adeline and Ellis Streets are currently closed to all traffic.
Harper Street between Woolsey and Fairview Streets is also closed while we investigate this matter, police said.
This is Berkeley’s second homicide of the year.
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