Search on for Berkeley murder suspects

May 17, 2009 7:08:22 PM PDT
Oakland police are looking for two violent men believed to be armed with high-powered weapons. Saturday night the men shot and killed a man in Berkeley then caused a car crash that resulted in the deaths of two more people.

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People who live at MLK and 56th Street said it felt like their neighborhood was under siege Saturday night. Police and SWAT team members searched the neighborhood all night long with help from dogs and a helicopter. Neighbors said Sunday they understand police have a job to do but they are now wondering at what cost.

"There was these lights coming through the house. Big lights, I mean I practically could have read a newspaper in here," said Augusta Hopkins.

The lights came from the Berkeley SWAT team which searched her neighborhood from 10:45 Saturday night until 10:00 Sunday morning. Around 3 a.m. she pulled the shade back to look outside the window just as police were focusing on her home.

"The light came directly in my eyes. So, I had pain all morning. I went to the hospital this morning," she said.

The doctor gave her some eye drops and scheduled another appointment for her on Tuesday.

One man named Clay could not even get to his home because police had the street blocked off and would not let him in. He sat in his car until 4:30 Sunday morning.

"It was aggravating. I'm mad at the people that caused it. I wish the police would have escorted us and let us into our homes. That would have been a nice solution," he said.

Police were looking for two men who they believe killed three people. One victim was shot to death in Berkeley around 6:30 Saturday night. Two people were killed in a car crash in Oakland as the suspects fled from police.

Police say the suspects' car crashed into a Mazda and killed the driver. The Mazda then ran into a pedestrian killing him. Two suspects were hurt and taken into custody but two others ran away.

Even though the search for them was upsetting and inconvenient for the neighborhood, police said they still need help from the community.

"We're hoping for some citizen cooperation. We hope the community shares with us where we might get in contact with those two outstanding suspects. We hope they call us," said Officer Andrew Frankel.

Police told ABC 7 Sunday that the pedestrian who was killed was a 41-year-old Berkeley man. The driver of that car who was killed was a 26-year old Sunnyvale man. They have not released any information about the shooting victim.

Two suspects in custody have been charged with three counts of homicide.

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