UC Berkeley shooting suspect arrested after psychiatric evaluation

BERKELEY — After being released from a psychiatric evaluation, a 59-year-old man suspected of firing a gun repeatedly on the UC Berkeley campus earlier this month has been arrested, authorities said.

The man was booked Thursday at Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm on a university campus and possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle, according to jail records. He was being held in lieu of $565,000 bail and was scheduled for arraignment Friday.

The shots were fired about 8:40 p.m. Feb. 9 at Sproul Plaza after the suspect confronted some students, authorities said.

No one was hit by the gunfire, but a window was shattered by a bullet.

The suspect was arrested within two minutes of the shooting and was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. He was placed under arrest at the hospital Thursday and booked at Santa Rita Jail.

The shooting prompted the university to issue a shelter-in-place order while police searched and cleared the areas. Affected buildings included Zellerbach Hall, where opera singer Renee Fleming was performing. The order was lifted just over an hour later.

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Author: Harry Harris