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Shooting at UC Berkeley computer lab caught on video

November 16, 2011 |  7:51 am

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

The shooting by UC Berkeley police of a man brandishing a gun in a computer lab at the Haas School of Business on Tuesday was caught on security video, and officials said they will review it.

The suspect, who appeared to be in his 20s, was taken to Highland Hospital, where he was in surgery Tuesday afternoon. University officials said they did not know if the suspect was a student. The man was conscious when he was taken to the hospital.

The suspect entered the business school Tuesday afternoon and entered an elevator with a female employee of the school, UC Police Chief Mitch Celaya said at a news conference. The man pressed the button for the third floor and the woman for the fifth floor, Celaya said.

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

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

The suspect then "pulled a firearm out of his backpack and displayed it in a threatening manner," Celaya said. He said the officers told the man to drop his weapon. When he didn't, one of the officers fired, Celaya said. Police would not say how many shots were fired.

Officials told the Oakland Tribune they would now review the security video. 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