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Berkeley Man Arrested in Death of Acquaintance

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    Berkeley police on Wednesday arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly killing someone he knew -- on the same corner he was accused of shooting two other men on last year, according to Berkeley police. Christie Smith reports. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015)

    Berkeley police on Wednesday arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly killing someone he knew -- on the same corner he was accused of shooting two other men on last year, according to Berkeley police.

    Anthony Durant of Berkeley was taken into custody near the 1600 block of Julia Street in connection with the death of Christian Sheppard, 24, of Stockton, who was killed the day before, police said.

    On Tuesday, Berkeley police received 911 calls at about 8:30 p.m, after witnesses heard gunshots near the intersection of Russell and California streets.

    Police officers arrived at the scene and found Sheppard suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats. Sheppard was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    "I won't say that I won't cry. Sure I will cray. That's my baby,but I'm not sad and heartbroken and angry," said Wanda Gail Hunter, Sheppard's mother. "I don't know what the other men may have went through in this incident."

    Hunter said she and her son knew the man police arrested after the Tuesday night shooting.

    "Nothing about Anthony's arrest, nothing about Christian going to a grave is going to soften the pain and hurt," Hunter said. "But we can put on a cap on the anger and retaliation."

    Police said the motive is still being investigated.

    Last June, Durant was arrested in connection with another shooting on the same corner, which sent two young men to the hospital.

    Anyone with information should call 510-981-5741.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.

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