Two men were hospitalized after a confrontation in South Berkeley ended in gunfire Friday night, Berkeley police said. When officers responded to the 1500 block of Fairview Street at about 10 p.m., police found a 26-year-old Oakland man suffering from gunshot wounds and a 24-year-old Berkeley man who had been struck in the face with an object, police said. The two men were approached by a group of young male suspects who started to argue with the victims, according to a preliminary police investigation. The confrontation escalated quickly when one of the suspects pulled out a gun and started shooting, police said.
The suspects ran away after the 26-year-old was hit, police said. Paramedics from the Berkeley Fire Department transported the men to a local hospital, with injuries that were not life threatening. Although it is early in the investigation, officers said the Berkeley Police Department is confident that the shooting is not random. Detectives will conduct a follow-up investigation, police said.
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