Cop Shoots Gunman Near Berkeley Protests

Man shot in biz computer lab a half-mile from Occupy demonstration

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 16, 2011 1:45 AM CST | Updated Nov 16, 2011 2:00 AM CST

(Newser) – As students and demonstrators began to gather at the University of California at Berkeley yesterday, a police officer shot an armed man inside a business computer lab on the other side of campus. Police say the suspect, who was taken to a local hospital for surgery, was shot after he "pulled a firearm out of his backpack and displayed it in a threatening manner" in a lab with four students present, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Police aren't sure whether the man is a student or whether he is connected to the Occupy Cal demonstrations that drew thousands of protesters to the campus yesterday, the Daily Californian reports. UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau told a press conference that the "extraordinarily upsetting" incident was the first shooting incident on campus since the 1980s, when a football player was shot outside a campus pub. "Now we are there, along with Kent State and Virginia Tech," he said.

Demonstrators gather at Sproul Plaza on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley yesterday.
Demonstrators gather at Sproul Plaza on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley yesterday.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A University of California at Berkeley policeman stands guard at the Haas School of Business yesterday in Berkeley.
A University of California at Berkeley policeman stands guard at the Haas School of Business yesterday in Berkeley.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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