2 sleeping girls shot in Berkeley

June 7, 2009 5:42:32 PM PDT
Berkeley police are still searching for whoever is responsible for a shooting that injured two children as they slept in their beds.

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The girls, ages 3 and 6, are being treated at the Oakland Children's Hospital for gunshot wounds to their legs. Police say the girls were sleeping in their beds at the front of the house when a spray of at least 10 bullets pierced the walls of the home.

It happened around 5 a.m. in the 1500 block of Oregon Street in South Berkeley. The 6-year-old was hit twice and the 3-year-old was hit once.

The shooting follows a rash of gun violence in the area. On Tuesday police chased a suspect who fired shots at a car. He ditched his car in the neighborhood and an elementary school had to be locked down. On May 16th, a shootout and police chase ended with an innocent driver and pedestrian being killed. Neighbors say there is a drug turf war going on.

"We are not certain at this point in this investigation whether this shooting this morning is related to what has been going on," said Berkeley Police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. " The other two shootings in West Berkeley, we do believe are connected. We are working very, very rigorously behind the scenes with our partners at Oakland PD. Tthey have seen a fair amount of violence in North Oakland and we are working collaboratively to try to get to the bottom of this."

In an unrelated story but with similar circumstances, a two-and-a-half year old was shot by a stray bullet while she was sleeping last Friday. The girl was in her own bed at her home in Vallejo. She was also taken to the Children's Hospital in Oakland with a bullet lodged near her spine.

Doctors are not sure she will be able to walk.

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