BERKELEY, Calif. (KRON) — The UC Berkeley campus was under a shelter-in-place mid-Thursday morning. The shelter-in-place has been lifted as of 1:50 p.m.
According to the university, an emergency occurred near campus of an individual who issued serious, credible threats of violence towards members of the UC Berkeley community. Around 2 p.m., the individual was located by university police and is no longer considered an immediate threat.
In-person classes were canceled for the remainder of the day, and all campus services such as libraries, dining and parking garages are closed. People were advised to go inside and move away from doors and windows.
According to UC Berkeley police, there was not an active shooter on campus. Police received reports of the threats around 7:30 a.m.
Spokesperson Roqua Montez IV told KRON4 Thursday morning that “campus police are investigating a campus threat. People on campus are instructed to go/stay indoors until further notice.”
Around 12:03 p.m. Thursday, according to an advisory from the City of Berkeley Police Department, people in the area don’t need to take actions other than avoiding the campus.
Schools in Berkeley went on a “soft lockdown”
UC Berkeley was not the only school affected by this incident. Berkeley Unified School District Superintendent Brent Stephens said in an email Thursday afternoon the following schools across the city were placed on a “soft lockdown” out of “an abundance of caution:”
- Berkeley High School
- Berkeley Technology Academy
- Willard Middle School
- Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary School
- Emerson Elementary School
- Sylvia Mendez Elementary School
- Washington Elementary School
- King Child Development Center
According to Stephens, a soft lockdown means all doors and gates to of the aforementioned schools are closed. Students were still allowed to move from classroom to classroom within the building as they normally would but not go in and out of campus.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.