Police: Possible BB gun used in Berkeley students’ assault

I-House. Photo- UC Berkeley
Students were shot at while sitting and standing on front steps of International House. Photo: UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Police reported that a man began shooting at a group of UC Berkeley students early Monday morning. The weapon may have been a pellet or BB gun, police said. Nobody was seriously hurt, but one victim sustained a minor injury and was treated at a local emergency room.

According to UCPD, the assault happened at about 12:22 a.m. at International House, at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way. Eight Cal students were standing and sitting on the steps outside International House, also known as I-House, when they noticed a man standing across the street holding what appeared to be a gun. It was later determined to be possibly a pellet or BB gun.

The suspect started shooting the gun towards I-House and the students ran inside.

Witnesses who spoke to the police reported that there may have been a second male suspect who was letting off fireworks.


One victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for a minor injury.

UCPD Officers searched the area but could not locate the suspect.

The Berkeley Police Department reported  that a similar incident had occurred 10 minutes before on Channing Way and Ellsworth Street. Two suspects in a car shot a victim in the back with what was possibly either a pellet or BB gun.

The I-House suspects were described as: Suspect #1: A Black male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a dark grey or black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. Suspect #2: A Black male, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact the City of Berkeley Police Department at 510 981-5900.


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