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Student gunman shot by UC Berkeley police dies

November 16, 2011 | 10:40 am

Photo: Students and faculty sitting outside of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

A student shot by UC Berkeley police as he brandished a gun in a computer lab at the Haas School of Business has died of his wounds, officials said.

Berkeley officials said the man, who died Tuesday evening, was a senior at the business school and had transferred to UC Berkeley. His name was not released by authorities.

He was conscious when he was taken to Highland Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

He entered the business school Tuesday afternoon and walked into an elevator with a female employee of the school, said UC Police Chief Mitch Celaya.

He pressed the button for the third floor and the woman for the fifth floor, Celaya said.

The student then looked at the woman, pulled out what appeared to be a gun from a backpack and then put it back, police said. After leaving the elevator, the staff member told her supervisor and both went to the computer lab.

They saw the student there and called police.

Police received a 911 call at 2:17 p.m., and three officers responded two minutes later.

The student then "pulled a firearm out of his backpack and displayed it in a threatening manner," Celaya said.

He said the officers told the student to drop his weapon, and when he didn't, one of the officers fired. Police would not say how many shots were fired.

Officials told the Oakland Tribune they would review a security video of the incident. One witness said he heard parts of the incident.

"I heard them say, 'Drop the gun! Drop the gun!' and I heard four or five shots," student Alex Arroyo told the paper. "When we heard the shots, we all dropped to the ground, and about 30 seconds later the police came out and said, 'Everybody get out, get out.' "


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Photo: Students and faculty outside the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press.