Man shot at Cal’s Haas School identified, died in hospital

Chris Travis, who died yesterday after being shot on UC Berkeley campus by a police officer

Update, 5:34 pm: More details continue to emerge in the case. According to information released by UC Berkeley at 5:23 pm, UCPD Captain Margo Bennett said that four officers, not three as previously reported, entered the school’s computer lab where the suspect Christopher Travis had gone on Tuesday. Nine people were in the room at the time, in addition to Travis, she said.  The Alameda County coroner’s office conducted an autopsy this morning on Travis and a report will be released at a later time. Since the shooting, at least 20 witnesses have been interviewed, she said, and video surveillance footage has been reviewed. The Associated Press reports that Bill Travis, the suspect’s father, sobbed during a brief telephone interview with from his home in Lodi. He said he learned his son had been shot Tuesday night and didn’t want to make any further comment.

Update, 3:46 pm: New details have been revealed about the shooting, including the fact that Travis sustained multiple gunshot wounds during the confrontation with police officers. He was carrying a loaded Ruger semi-automatic 9 mm handgun, which was registered in his name in San Jose, according to UCPD Capt. Margo Bennett who spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon, according to the Daily Californian. 

Bennett said when police entered the Haas computer lab, Travis looked up, saw police officers and pointed his gun at them. Nine other people were present in the room at the time, three of whom were “in the line of fire,” Bennett said. After telling Travis multiple times to lower his weapon, one officer shot Travis.

University spokesman Dan Mogulof told Berkeleyside that police review of the video in the computer lab “appears to corroborate all the accounts” of the incident, including the multiple warnings to the suspect and that he was pointing his gun at the police. Mogulof also said that there had been reports that the suspect’s behavior “had changed” in recent weeks. Police officers informed Travis’ family in Lodi of his death last night, Mogulof said.

Update, 2:48 pm: More information about Chris Travis, the 32-year-old Cal transfer student who died yesterday after being shot by a police officer on campus, has emerged. In a video produced by Allied Barton, the security services company where Travis formerly worked as a shift supervisor, a narrator describes Travis as having had a difficult childhood. The narrator says: “Imagine growing up with no direction, disappointing your parents, taking pills to take your own life, dropping out of school…”. Travis made a successful career for himself over three years at Allied Barton and then went back to school, first at Ohlone College in Fremont, then as an undergraduate business major at Cal. Travis volunteered at VITA, an organization that provides free income tax preparation assistance, and, according to the video, had aspirations to do an internship at the United Nations and develop a career in international business.

Update 12:50 pm: Christopher Travis, the man who died after being shot by UC Police at the Haas School yesterday, worked as a security guard for Allied Barton for five years until June this year, according to his LinkedIn profile. He listed his role as “supervisor” for security services at a biotech group.

Update 11:23 am: The dead gunman has been identified as 32-year old Christopher Nathen Elliot Travis. He transferred to the university this fall. He had attended Ohlone College, based in Fremont, where he graduated in June.

Update 9:52 am: University spokesman Dan Mogulof confirmed to Berkeleyside that the suspect died yesterday afternoon at Highland Hospital. The still-unidentified man was an undergraduate transfer student in his 30s and a business major, according to Mogulof.

Mogulof said that over 20 witnesses were being interviewed by police and the witnesses had been corroborating the original account of the story, detailed yesterday.

“There is no suggestion that this is anything other than an isolated incident,” Mogulof said.

Original story: The gunman who was shot by UC Police yesterday afternoon at the Haas School of Business has died at Highland Hospital, according to reports this morning. Berkeleyside will update the story as more information emerges.

Shooting at Cal’s Haas School of Business [11.15.11] 

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  • Univ md

    I’m glad that other students are safe.    Now, I just want to know whether it was necessary to shoot him!!?  or whether the police were gun-happy.    

  • Al

    Just google “Chris Travis Ohlone College”. He’s on linkedin. He’s worked as a *security* supervisor for Allied Barton!!!

    I think he just carried a gun out of habit given his work. He worked the entire time he went to Ohlone College (look at the dates).

    I also think he tried to hand over the gun and one of the cops was trigger-happy and shot him. In essence they killed one of their own in a panic.

    He definitely was not 1) a crazed gunman, 2) an intruder (he was a student) or 3) someone out for a grudge. 

    And given the responses of the Chancellor it’s pretty clear that they know what really happened and are anticipating the fallout

  • berkopinionator

     Did he have a concealed weapons permit? 

  • Smarlaud

    Does anyone know if he have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

  • Smarlaud

    Sorry for the typo: Does any one know if he HAD a gun permit… 

  • Guest

    Were there any witnesses to the actual shooting?  I would really like to see some independent accounts of what the victim actually did before he was shot.  How did he brandish the gun, what threatening movements did he make, etc.

  • Nel

    apparently a video camera in the computer lab captured the whole incident

  • laura

    There is a link to a video about Travis promoted by Allied Barton, the narrator discusses Travis prior attempt to commit suicide with pills.

    Nothing in life is cut and dry.

  • Culperagent355

    How can you possibly know these things? The only thing “known” is that he had a gun in his possession at the time of the shooting, he was asked to put it down, and he didn’t. Whether he raised it at officers, or not, he had no right to have a gun on campus. Any experienced security guard would understand and respect this regulation on campus. Many people heard the police shouting three times, “put the gun down, put the gun down, put the gun down.” There are absolutely no reports he tried to “hand the gun over.” I’m as skeptical as anyone of the police and campus authorities, but I don’t think it does good to speculate and incite reactions to this tragedy by making statements you can’t substantiate.

  • Completely Serious

    I’m guessing if I’m faced with someone waving a gun at me, I’d be “gun-happy” too.

    Come on, people.  No cop wants to kill someone. 

    If you weren’t there in the room, please STFU.

  • Johnsonman

    Seems pretty STRAIGHTFORWARD to me how it happened. He took out the gun in the elevator so that the staff member next to him would see it and call the cops. If he really wanted to instigate something he wouldn’t have taken it out bluntly for it to be seen. Second, he went to the computer lab and waited for the cops to arrive. Once the cops got there, he wanted a police suicide and then pointed the gun at the cops for at least 5 seconds or more for the cops to shoot him. He had suicidal tendencies in the past, took 219 pills at age 23. He wanted a police suicide 

  • guest

    Of course this is all speculative, but I agree, it seems like “suicide by cop” to me too. 
    On his Facebook page there is a photo album referencing a security guard at Ohlone College who committed suicide.

    Very sad….and my sincere condolences to his family.

  • Jennifer

    So sad. I’m glad no one else was hurt, but what an awful story.

  • Jennifer

    Lots of assumptions there, Al. But anyone carrying a gun onto campus is definitely a problem.

  • when the Police ask you to put down your gun, you put down your gun.  Period.

  • not relevant.  when the police ask you to put down your gun, you put down your gun.  period, end of sentence.

  • BerkeleyCommonSense

    That is an ignorant question, like questioning an ER Doctor’s decision to intubate a child.  Your comment is prejudiced, and applied to an ethnic group would be considered racist.  See how being PC can turn you into a bigot?????

  • BerkeleyCommonSense

    He tried to hand over a gun, he just figured that the best place to bring a gun you want to get rid of is the  UCB computer lab?  Or had he already pulled it out, possibly to show to one of the students, when the police came in and shot him?  Just because someone has a job doesn’t meant they won’t do crazy things.  I’m guessing you’re employed “Al” and clearly you operate in an alternate reality.

  • BerkeleyCommonSense

    It’s clear that most of the posters (not the responders) are not clear on one simple concept:  Police Officers are people, they have families, they have lives outside of their uniforms, they have as much right to continue breathing as the people they protect.  If a person points a gun at another person they are threatening the life of the intended target.  Without psychic abilities, nobody knows what the shooter’s actual intent is.  Just as the Police would not ask you to stand in front of a stranger while he pointed a gun at you, in the hopes that he will come to his senses, you should not expect the same behavior from Police Officers.  The Officers all went home to their families, the students in the lab all went home to their families, the only person who was harmed is the one who brought a firearm onto a college campus and brandished it.  Those are facts.

  • Dravenkain1981

    how many shots can be considers excessive

  • BerkeleyCommonSense

    how much string is too much???  same question.