Update: Shooting at El Cerrito Plaza BART, Station Reopened

-By Bay City News

A shooting this morning at the El Cerrito Plaza BART station sent a man to the hospital and shut down the station, a BART spokesman said. The station reopened shortly before 1 p.m. 

BART police responded to a report of shots fired at the station around 11:20 a.m. A short time later, a man approached a station agent's booth with an apparent gunshot wound, agency spokesman Jim Allison said.

The man was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries. An update on his condition was not immediately available.

BART police were still searching for the shooting suspect as of 12:25 p.m.

The El Cerrito Plaza station remains closed while police investigate the shooting and trains are not stopping there, Allison said.
Don Gosney June 29, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Any type of police activity at a BART station (or elsewhere) is unfortunate. I wish the victim a speedy recovery. What concerns me is the way BART and their police handled the aftermath. I arrived at 12:30, secured my parking spot and walked to the ticket turnstile. It was only at that point did the BART police tell me the station was closed. He suggested that I could always go to the North Berkeley station (with no parking) or the Del Norte station (10 minutes away). If they knew the station was closed, why position the BART policeman at the turnstiles? Why not position someone at the entrances to the parking lot? Treat the customer with a little respect and not have them waste their time finding a parking spot and trekking to the turnstile. Had they given me ample warning by telling me BEFORE I entered the lot, I might have had enough time to get to another station and not be late for my appointment. Instead, I was forced to drive to Oakland, pay an outrageous parking fee and spend 90 minutes driving back to Richmond in the Friday afternoon traffic. Maybe if we gave the BART people another raise they might think about the customer. Or maybe not.
Adam Henry June 29, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Don, would you rather have one officer at the turnstiles and six working on the shooting case? Or six officers holding down the parking lot and pedestrian entrances and ONE working the shooting scene? The police had better things to do than make sure you didn't waste two minutes of your day walking back to your car. Even if there HAD been people posted at the parking lot entrances, you would have still driven to Oakland, right? Get real.
Kamal Freiha June 29, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Don, Del Norte is about 3 minutes away. And there is a HUGE parking lot at the north Berkeley station. You should check yourself.
Borris Batanov June 29, 2013 at 06:51 PM
It's all about Don, just Don. Hey, Don, good luck dealing with the BART strike next week. Apparently his tolerance for adversity and coping skills fall short.


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