Berkeley shooting leaves man dead at MLK, Ashby

A neighbor called police just before 7:25 p.m. to say someone had been shot.

Berkeley shooting leaves man dead at MLK, Ashby
A homicide investigation at MLK and Ashby Avenue in Berkeley. Emilie Raguso/Aipsasiamedia

A man has been pronounced dead in South Berkeley after a reported shooting on Wednesday evening.

Details were limited as of publication time.

According to dispatch audio reviewed by The Scanner, a neighbor called police at about 7:25 p.m. to report that someone had been shot.

Police responded quickly and found a blood trail leading to a residence on Martin Luther King Jr. Way just north of Ashby Avenue.

Scroll down for photos from the scene.

Responding officers found a man on the porch who had sustained a gunshot wound to the head and torso.

Authorities attempted CPR but subsequently pronounced the man dead.

The location, Martin Luther King Jr. House, appears to be a single-room occupancy complex "serving a disabled community," according to records online.

Police are working to clear the house and make sure all residents are safe.

Officers have also shut down traffic in the area.

No information was available about the circumstances of the shooting.

The Scanner has asked BPD for information and will update this story when it is provided.

Update, 10:55 p.m. The coroner's office has removed the body of the man who was killed in a Berkeley shooting on Wednesday evening.

Homicide detectives are on the scene and the block remains sealed for the ongoing investigation.

It's Berkeley's second homicide investigation of the year.

Neighborhood residents said the house where the shooting happened was a frequent gathering spot with little oversight.

The management company has been in the process of moving residents out of the building due to program changes, community members said.

Update, 11:55 p.m. BPD has re-opened the block to traffic.