Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Suspect in custody after a shooting on UC Berkeley campus

A shooting on campus at UC Berkeley sparked terror among students and led to a shelter-in-place order, though no students were injured.

Police arrested a single suspect after three or four shots were fired near the MLK Student Union, according to police radio communications and the student newspaper. Police confirmed over radio that the situation was “contained” and that there was only one suspect.

Police added that there were no victims.

The student newspaper, the Daily Californian, posted on X that there were numerous reports of gunshots fired at the MLK Student Union.

“Police are responding and there is currently a shelter in place order,” the publication posted on its social media feed.

The newspaper reported that police were looking for suspects and that one person had been detained near the scene.

The UC Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Video shot by someone at the MLK Student Union building appeared to show students frantically running up a staircase. People could be heard yelling in the background.

The university sent out an email over its WarnMe platform Friday night informing students that a “violent crime” had occurred on campus, saying it had taken place at Lower Sproul Plaza.

The message, sent at 9:20 p.m., described the incident as an “aggravated assault.”

The shooting sparked some online criticism regarding the university’s warning system through which it alerts students to possibly dangerous events. The WarnMe message sent to students about the shooting came about 40 minutes after shots were first reported, according to the Daily Californian.

The shelter-in-place order was lifted around 10:15 p.m.


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