BERKELEY, Calif. -- A man who was shot Tuesday afternoon by University of California Berkeley police at the Haas School of Business has died of his injuries, according to campus officials.
The man, an undergrad at the business school in his early 30s, has not been identified. He died at Highland Hospital overnight, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said Wednesday morning.
There is no information connecting the shooting to Occupy Cal protests Tuesday on the campus, Mogulof said.
The man was shot by university police after he brought a handgun into a business school computer lab Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
The man was the only person injured and was taken to Highland Hospital. Late Tuesday, police said there was nothing early in their investigation connecting him to the Occupy Cal march on the other side of campus.
The rare officer-involved shooting came as an unexpected twist to an already tense day on campus.
As students began their rally outside Sproul Hall and evicted Occupy Oakland protesters amassed at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza to march to Berkeley, a man, about 5-foot-8 and wearing a blue jacket and blue backpack, entered an elevator in the Haas School of Business, said Lyle Nevels, the business school spokesman. A business school employee entered the same elevator, and as it ascended, she noticed the suspect pull out a handgun from his backpack and then place it back inside.
The man exited on the third floor, but the employee continued up to the fifth floor, where she found Nevels. The pair returned to the third-floor computer lab and saw the suspect in a corner, Nevels said. The pair called police, and officers responded within two minutes, said UC Berkeley police Chief Mitch Celaya.
When three officers confronted the man, he said, the suspect pulled out the gun and "displayed it in a threatening manner." They ordered him to drop the weapon, and when he did not, one officer fired multiple shots, Celaya said. The man did not return fire, and a handgun was found near him, Lt. Alex Yao said. No one else was injured.
The shooting was caught on a computer lab camera, and officials will review the tape, campus police Capt. Margo Bennett said.
The Haas School of Business building was immediately evacuated after the shooting, and the college sent out email and text notices, spokesman Dan Mogulof said.
Alex Arroyo, a UC Berkeley student who works at the front desk of the computer lab, said he did not notice the man enter, but he saw officers approach the man in the back of the lab, a large area that includes classrooms.
"I heard them say, 'Drop the gun! Drop the gun!' and I heard four or five shots," Arroyo said."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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