BERKELEY (BCN)— A University of California at Berkeley student suffered minor injuries in a shooting that occurred on campus early this morning, according to UC Berkeley police.
Around 12:20 a.m., a group of eight students were sitting and standing on the steps of the school's International House building at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way, police said.
The group noticed a person standing across the street holding what appeared to be a gun. The suspect then began shooting toward the building, causing the students to run inside, according to police.
A witness said the suspect fired six or seven shots, hitting a Belgium student and shattered the building's large glass window.
The student from Belgium was injured when he was shot in the face below his left eye. He was taken to a hospital and according to police, was released.
After a preliminary investigation, officers determined the gun used was possibly a pellet or BB gun. Witnesses also told police a second male suspect may have been in the area setting off fireworks.
Officers searched the area but were unable to find the suspects, according to police.
The first suspect who shot at the group was described as a black male about 6 feet tall wearing a dark gray or black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. The second suspect was described as a black male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, police said.
Around 10 minutes earlier, a similar incident occurred at the nearby intersection of Channing Way and Ellsworth Street, according to Berkeley police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Frankel.
In that incident, a person in a car shot at another person, striking them in the back, possibly with a BB or pellet gun, police said.
The victim declined medical attention, according to Frankel.
The suspect in that shooting was described as a black man about 6 feet tall who was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and drove a white four-door vehicle, Frankel said.