UC Berkeley officials announced this morning that Christopher Nathen Elliot Travis, the student who was shot by university police after he brandished a gun on campus yesterday afternoon, has died.
Travis, 32, had started as an undergraduate student in the fall. He was walking into the building's computer lab at the Haas School of Business yesterday at about 2:20 p.m. when a school official said they spotted him with a gun inside his backpack. University police followed Travis into the computer lab, ordering him to put his hands up. Instead, Travis allegedly took out a gun and pointed it at the cops, according to the university.
A police officer shot Travis, who died last night at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
"This is one of the most difficult times we have had as a community,"
Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said in a statement. "I want to thank the Haas staff
for their alertness in this issue. It was just extraordinary. This sets
an example for responsibility and alertness. I also want to thank the
police for their very quick response."
University officials confirmed that there was no connection between Travis and the Occupy Berkeley movement on campus; however, they do not know why Travis had a gun.
Counselors with the University Health Services were dispatched yesterday to the Haas School and will be there throughout today. "Our heart goes out to the family of this young man," Birgeneau told the group of more than 200 faculty, students, and staff this morning.
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