Police find evidence of arrows shot in Berkeley Hills

Police say this arrow struck an 8-year-old girl at the Lawrence Hall of Science on Tuesday. Photo: UCPD
Police say this arrow struck an 8-year-old girl at the Lawrence Hall of Science on Tuesday. Photo: UCPD

Authorities handed out fliers and made multiple visits to neighbors near the scene of a shooting on Tuesday that sent an 8-year-old girl to the hospital with an arrow through her leg.

Janet Gilmore, a UC Berkeley spokeswoman, said Wednesday via email that there have been no updates or arrests in the investigation.

A flier dated March 26 that was handed out by members of the University of California Police Department included a photo of the arrow, described as a 20-inch crossbow arrow, that struck the girl.

According to the flier, the department has “received information from local residents that other arrows have been found in the area indicating that someone has been shooting in the vicinity in the recent past.” Police posted similar information online Wednesday.


The San Rafael girl, on a school field trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science from Marin County, had been playing on a fin whale model Tuesday morning when the arrow struck her.

ABC7 identified the girl as Nadine Hairston. Her mother, Alicia Hairston, told ABC: “She was sliding down the whale and she felt a shock in her left leg. So she jumped off and tried to run but she couldn’t run.”

Police said the girl was taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland for surgery to remove the arrow, and that she’s expected to make a full recovery. As of Wednesday afternoon, said Gilmore, the girl had been released from the hospital.

According to ABC, police removed an arrow from a nearby backyard during their investigation Tuesday; it was one of several arrows found that day in the Berkeley hills near the science museum. [Update, 3:40 p.m.: Gilmore said none of the arrows that were found in the neighborhood Tuesday appear to match the arrow from the museum incident.]

Police were on scene Tuesday morning, but also returned later in the day to speak with residents who may have been at work during the morning.

“We checked with neighbors last evening but did not come up with any new significant leads,” Capt. Stephen Roderick of the University of California Police Department said Wednesday via email. Roderick said police were given other arrows, which had been found in back yards or nearby areas, when they spoke with residents. “Those arrows appeared over the last couple of months, but were not reported at the time and their origin is unknown. No archers or hunters were ever seen in association with them.”

Police ask anyone with information about this incident, or about people shooting arrows in the Berkeley hills, to call the UC Police Department at 510-642‑6760.

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[Editor’s Note: This story was originally published at 3:19 p.m. Its publication time was updated due to a technical problem.]