Police Shoot Gun-Wielding Man at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

Update Wednesday, Nov 16: AP is reporting the man shot by UC police at the Haas School of Business yesterday is dead. He was an undergraduate transfer student, spokesman Dan Mogulof said.

Campus police today shot and wounded a man wielding a gun at a computer lab at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. There is no suggestion currently that the shooting was related to today’s student protest. (For news of today’s protest, click here.)

Update 5:10 p.m. From AP: “It was the first shooting since the 1980s on the campus, police said.”

Update 4:10 p.m. From a press briefing by UC Berkeley Police Chief Mitchell Celaya and Chancellor Robert Birgeneau.

  • The man with the gun, shot by UCB police, is 33 years old.
  • He has been taken to Highland Hospital.
  • When asked if the shooting was related to today’s Occupy Cal protests, Birgeneau said, “we don’t know. There’s nothing to suggest that’s the case.”
  • Celaya said that at the time of the shooting at least four students were in the computer lab. The suspect was shot by an officer after raising his gun. When the shooting occurred, the students were situated between the officer and the gunman, according to Birgeneau.
  • Police responded after this series of events, according to the university: A female UC employee shared an elevator with the gunman at Haas. The gunman pressed the third-floor button and then reached into his backpack, pulling out an object that the other rider thought might be a gun, then put it back and got off at his floor. The other elevator rider got off at the fifth floor and informed her boss of what she saw. They went down to the third floor together, saw the man at the lab, and called police.

Update 3:38 p.m.

Here’s Lt. Alex Yao of the UC Police speaking about the shooting of a man with a gun by a UC police officer. Yao called it an “isolated incident” and said “the campus is not in danger.” He said the gunman has been taken to Highland Hospital.

There will be a media briefing at 4 p.m.

Update 3:22 p.m.

From the Chronicle:

A man with a gun was shot and wounded by police today at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, officials said.

The man was brandishing a handgun when he was shot by a law-enforcement officer at about 2:15 p.m., said university spokesman Dan Mogulof. He would not say if campus police were involved.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was alive when he was taken to a hospital, he said…

Mogulof said he could not release more information about the incident, including whether it was related to an Occupy Cal protest on campus.

KGO is webcasting live overhead video.

Update 3:18 p.m.

Update 3:15 p.m.

KQED’s Ana Tintocalis just got off the phone with Bob Sanders, a spokesperson for UC Berkeley. He has confirmed there’s been a shooting on campus at the Haas school of business, but would not say who the victim or shooter were. He said the victim was transported off the site. There will be a briefing at 4 pm with details.

Update 3:05p.m.

From UCB’s Warn Me emergency alert service:

An individual has been shot at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, according to a legal observer at the site.

The individual has been transported from the building, according to UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof. However, Mogulof could not confirm who the victim’s identity.

Update to follow.

We have a call out to UC Berkeley now. Berkeleyside is tweeting updates.

Update 3:00 p.m. From UC Berkeley Police:

There was a shooting at Haas Business School. Police are on scene and eveything is under control. Please avoid the area; find secure ind.

From the Daily Cal:

An individual has been shot at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, according to a legal observer at the site.

The individual has been transported from the building, according to UC Berkeley spokesperson Dan Mogulof. However, Mogulof could not confirm who the victim’s identity.

Update to follow.

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