UC Berkeley hires private security firm after fatal shooting near campus stirs safety concerns
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CNN) — Police were seen on campus Monday after a deadly rampage at the University of California, Berkeley, that left a freshman dead and a second student wounded, prompting campus officials to call in security.
Students were seen leaving the college early Tuesday, while the campus remained on lockdown.
A campus spokesman said a second victim was transported to the hospital and that an officer who was shot was not in serious condition.
In addition to the fatal shooting, police on campus said a man was arrested following the shooting. They did not identify the man, but he was reportedly identified by authorities as the suspect in a second shooting that occurred a mile away from UC Berkeley’s campus Sunday night.
The man also had been previously charged with an attempted murder in connection with a Jan. 2, 2010, shooting at UC Berkeley.
The campus spokesman, Dean of Students Brian Ward, said it happened in a parking lot on campus and that police were searching for a black vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident.
He said the incident remains under investigation and that authorities believe the suspect is also connected to the Jan. 2, 2010, shooting.
The campus spokesman said police are canvassing the area but are being cautious because the scene is active and there’s a lot of ground to cover.
The campus community remains on alert, with some students moving some of their belongings to their homes.
“U-C Berkeley is a safe campus,” he said, “but we want to make sure people are alert and we’re here for students.”
A university chaplain said students were aware of the attack and are “on the front lines” to