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Two Teens Shot on BART Path in El Cerrito

Two teenaged males were wounded, one seriously, shortly before 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, when they were shot by two other young males on the BART path near Fairmont Elementary School and the El Cerrito Library, police said. The two assailants escaped.

Two Albany High School students were shot by two other other young men on the BART path near El Cerrito Library shortly before 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, according to El Cerrito police.

One victim was "seriously" injured while the other's injuries were "superficial," said Capt. Mike Regan. Paramedics were not sure how severely wounded the more seriously injured youth was, he said.

The shooting occurred on the BART path, also known as the Ohlone Greenway, between Stockton and Lincoln avenues. An officer at the scene placed the location about 100 yards south of Stockton, near where Eureka Avenue dead-ends at the greenway.

Fairmont Elementary School was locked down for 30 minutes and the high school for just over an hour, police said. Stockton Avenue also was closed for several hours at the BART path, and a long stretch of path was closed as well.

Read the message from Albany High School's principal about the shootings. 

A parent of a student at Fairmont reported that her daughter was crying in fear after hearing the shots.

The two assailants in black hooded sweatshirts were both believed to have been shooters and escaped, fleeing east on foot on Stockton, police said. They were described as young African-American males in dark clothing, Regan said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact El Cerrito police at 510-237-3233.

cintra harbach January 25, 2013 at 01:09 PM
...i am so sorrie this has affected your family...i was deeplie affected, as i teach at a school near the shooting...had to lock my middle schoolers in & remain calm...i am still feeling shaken by the experience...i hope your nephew does well w/his recovery.
K Murphy January 25, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Were there supposed to be cameras installed on the path? This is also via a google search, a reprint from BART news: Published Monday, August 14, 2006, by the Contra Costa Times Camera system sought for trail EL CERRITO: Officials have funding for surveillance of Ohlone Greenway; no date set for installation By Steve Heisler East Bay Daily News Surveillance cameras will monitor the El Cerrito portion of the Ohlone Greenway if police and parks officials can find the proper operating system. A $350,000 Safe Route to Transit grant has paved the way for the cameras that will soon be installed along the 2-1/2-mile paved trail, said Melanie Mintz, an environmental analyst with El Cerrito. Mintz said the funds come from a regional Measure 2 designed to allow people to walk or bike with ease. The cameras should be a deterrent to crime, she said. "It's not something we can screw up," he said. "So there's a definite desire to make the correct choice the first time around."
Jen Daly January 25, 2013 at 10:46 PM
The accounts I've seen suggest that both the perpetrators and the victims in this incident were teens. In addition to better policing along the Greenway--which seems like it's becoming an ever more pressing issue--how we can create more attractive options for teens after school in this area? Are there attractive and safe options teens can walk to from AHS and ECHS? If not can we create them? Or promote the ones that exist better among kids? Even if these would-be murderers are now past most hope, not too long ago they were probably teetering on the edge...and there are ranks of younger kids coming up behind them. And then there are the victims, hanging around down under the BART tracks on a day when school got out at noon...there has to be a better choice than that. I'm not sure what options would both attract the kids and be supported by neighbors--but it's something to talk about.
God January 26, 2013 at 01:53 AM
How about having our taxes go to something like oh hmmmm...more law enforcement to patrol the streets instead of to people that abuse welfare.
Mary Wives January 26, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Oh God!

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