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1 hurt in UC Berkeley shooting; suspect in custody

1 hurt in UC Berkeley shooting; suspect in custody

November 15th, 2011 in News

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - A gunman opened fire Tuesday inside a campus building at the University of California, Berkeley, injuring one person, a school spokesman said.

The shooting happened at the Haas School of Business on the east side of campus. A campus alert was sent shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, spokesman Dan Mogulof said.

According to the alert, a suspect was in custody.

The shooting took place as student protesters gathered in a campus plaza about a half-mile away to protest tuition hikes.

It was unclear if the shooting was related to the protest. No further details were released.

Students and anti-Wall Street activists converged on the campus for a day of protests and another attempt to establish an Occupy Cal camp after a failed effort last week led to dozens of arrests.

ReFund California, a coalition of student groups and university employee unions, called for a campus strike, and protesters planned a rally and march to protest banks and budget cuts to higher education.

More than 1,000 students, campus employees, faculty and other demonstrators filled an outdoor plaza after many took part in morning teach-ins.