TBS Tonight: Teen hurt amid fights downtown Friday

The only problem with sending morning headlines is that more news may come up in the day.

As it turns out, downtown Berkeley got busy on Friday and we wanted to make sure you had the scoop.

First: We had multiple inquiries about violence downtown that reportedly sent a teenager, possibly a high school student, to the hospital.

We are awaiting confirmation from BUSD, which has not responded to inquiries.

But here's what we've been able to glean so far.

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One parent said the argument may have begun as a verbal dispute over egging and that the injured teen may have been punched in the head.

We also got inquiries about police activity at BART, which saw major delays this afternoon after an alleged shoplifter tried to escape from police via the downtown Berkeley BART tunnel.

Officers ultimately arrested the man without incident, BPD said.

Here's what we know based on preliminary reports.

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Police said the incident began as a theft at Target but escalated when the suspect ran into downtown Berkeley BART and jumped onto the tracks.

Let's hope that's all the excitement for today. Wishing everyone a great weekend.

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