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UC Berkeley students advised to shelter in place due to threat

UC Berkeley Campus-Lockdown
FILE – Students walk through Sproul Plaza on the University of California, Berkeley campus on March 29, 2022, in Berkeley, Calif. University of California, Berkeley police say they are investigating a campus threat Thursday, April 21, 2022, and are asking people on campus to go indoors and stay away from doors and windows. They say there is not an active shooter on campus but that officers are actively looking for a person who may want to harm specific individuals. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Students at the UC Berkeley are being advised to shelter in place due to a creditable threat at the campus’s Cesar E. Chavez Student Center. The alert was sent out to students around 10 a.m. local time Thursday. While many details are unknown at this time, multiple sources are reporting that the alert might be due to the “threat” of an active shooter situation. A tweet from Berkeley Scanner  stated that the suspect has barricaded themselves inside of a classroom and that university police are currently searching the campus for the suspect. It was also noted that authorities are aware of the suspect’s identity and say that the suspect “may want to harm specific individuals.”

In-person classes have been canceled for the rest of the day, and campus services such as parking garages, libraries and dining halls are closed until further notice. Berkeley High School, Berkeley Technology Academy, Willard Middle School, Emerson Elementary School, Sylvia Mendez Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and King Child Development Center are on “soft lockdown,” according to the Berkeley Unified School District.