85-year-old El Cerrito resident shoots burglar in head

23rd Street fight turns fatal

An 85-year-old El Cerrito man opened fire on two burglars, striking one in the head, after they broke into his home Wednesday morning, police said.

The resident said he was alone at his home about 11:15 a.m. on Cutting Boulevard just east of Arlington Boulevard when he spotted the suspicious people in his backyard, and then armed himself, police said.  When the intruders entered his home by breaking in through the back door, the resident came face-to-face with the suspects and opened fire.

The suspects fled the home on foot and in a car, as the resident awaited the arrival of police. Soon after, responding officers located one of the suspects on Key Boulevard, near the Del Norte BART Station, and discovered he had been shot in the head. The suspect, identified as Shawn Mulberry, 34, of Oakland, was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The other suspect remains at large, and police are looking into whether additional suspects were involved. The vehicle used in the getaway was described as a white or gray sedan, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the El Cerrito Police Department at 510-215-4400 and ask to speak with a detective.