Nov 17, 2011

Shooting at Berkeley Haas business school - Dean writes to MBA students

Photo: Students and faculty sitting outside of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press
Courtsey: LA Times: Investigators are trying to figure out what changed for a University of California, Berkeley's student who appeared to have turned his life around before he pointed a pistol at campus police and an officer fatally shot him, authorities say.

Letter from the Haas's Dean

Dear XYZ,

We are sad to inform you that there was a tragedy at the Haas School on Tuesday which involved the shooting by University Police of a student carrying a gun. Nobody else at Berkeley-Haas was hurt.

In our business school’s 113-year history, we have never experienced an event like this, nor do we expect another occurrence—all evidence points to this being an isolated incident. Still, we are taking every precaution to make certain our students, staff, and faculty are as safe as possible. Safety is of paramount importance to our community and an essential precondition for what we are all doing here together at Berkeley-Haas.

We are grateful for the vigilance of our staff members and police officers who responded so quickly to keep others in our community safe. As is typical at Berkeley-Haas, our community is pulling together to support one another during this trying time.

For additional information, visit ... of-nov-15/.

To read about the incident from a student’s perspective, visit ... eley-haas/

Rich Lyons, Dean
Haas School, UC Berkeley
Twitter: @richlyons

Stephanie Fujii
Executive Director of Full-time MBA Admissions
Haas School, UC Berkeley            

What Happened?

LA Times - A student shot by UC Berkeley police as he brandished a gun in a computer lab at the Haas School of Business has died of his wounds, officials said.Berkeley officials said the man, Christopher Travis, 32, who died Tuesday evening, was a senior at the business school and had transferred to UC Berkeley.

He entered the business school Tuesday afternoon and walked into an elevator with a female employee of the school, said UC Police Chief Mitch Celaya.He pressed the button for the third floor and the woman for the fifth floor, Celaya said. The student then looked at the woman, pulled out what appeared to be a gun from a backpack and then put it back, police said. After leaving the elevator, the staff member told her supervisor and both went to the computer lab. They saw the student there and called police.

Police received a 911 call at 2:17 p.m., and three officers responded two minutes later. The student then "pulled a firearm out of his backpack and displayed it in a threatening manner," Celaya said.
He said the officers told the student to drop his weapon, and when he didn't, one of the officers fired. Police would not say how many shots were fired.

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