A woman was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly opened fire in Berkeley’s Strawberry Creek Park neighborhood. According to the City of Berkeley, the unnamed suspect is a 41-year-old woman from Bay Point.
The incident happened on August 29 in Bonar Street and Allston Way. The city said the woman approached a 5-year-old boy and “started bothering him.”
The child’s mother then confronted the suspect when she pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the mother’s head. The suspect fired in the air and threatened to shoot the mother as well.
The shots were fired between two apartment buildings. “At the time of the shooting, there were multiple children present that could have been harmed by the gunfire,” the city said.
Police were able to identify the suspect after speaking to witnesses and reviewing security footage.
Detectives searched her home on Tuesday and found a stolen loaded handgun.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged the suspect with criminal threats, unlawfully discharging a firearm in a negligent manner, willfully causing a child to suffer, and criminal enhancement for using a firearm in the commission of a felony.