Shooting at UC Berkeley, Suspect Dies [Updated]
A shooting was reported at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley Tuesday afternoon, according to a school spokesman.
UC Berkeley Police Chief Mitch Celaya said there is no evidence that there is a connection between Occupy Cal and the shooting. It was reported that nearly 1,000 people turned out to protest budget cuts.
The shooting is reported to have happened on a third-floor computer lab at around 2:25 p.m. A female staff member noticed a male suspect in an elevator, saw him remove the gun from his backpack, and notified UCPD at 2:17 p.m.
[Updated | Nov. 16 9:50 a.m. According to UC Berkeley Public Affairs, three officers arrived at the business school at 2:19 p.m. and found the suspect in a computer lab. The police chief said that the suspect pulled out the gun and "displayed it 'in a threatening manner.'" In the press conference, the school chancellor said there were four students in the vicinity of the suspect and the officers and it appeared their "lives might be at risk."]
Witnesses say that campus police tried to ask the suspect to drop the gun, and when the suspect didn't comply, four to five shots were fired.
The suspect was the only victim in the shooting, and was transferred to Highland Hospital, according to police.
Jay Stowsky, a senior assistant dean at Berekely, sent out an email addressing the situation just before 3:30 p.m.
"All classes are cancelled for the rest of the day and evening due to a shooting at the school. All students, faculty and staff are safe. The suspect brandished a gun and was shot by a law enforcement officer and is in route to the hospital. We will send more details as we learn more."
Here is video of a police statement made on campus this afternoon: