Press Release: Berkeley Police Respond to Report of Armed Man at King Middle School

Berkeley Police Department
Thursday May 09, 2019 - 05:23:00 PM

Berkeley Police quickly responded earlier today to a report of a man armed with a handgun at King Middle School at 3:20pm, shortly after school was let out. While officers, including all on-duty members of the Special Response team, confirmed that the suspect had already left school grounds, several officers remained at the North Berkeley scene to secure the area. Others are now coordinating with outside agencies to look for the suspect. 

Berkeley Police are interviewing witnesses and working with Berkeley Unified School District to gather more information about the suspect, who appears to be a parent or caregiver of a student. Witnesses described the suspect as a 20- to 30-year-old black male, 5’7” tall, with a medium build and long “twisty” braids. He was reportedly wearing a white hooded top, and blue jeans. 

We are encouraging students, families or others who might have other information to please contact the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900. 

We don’t expect any further updates today.