Woman shot while driving in Richmond is respected Berkeley teacher; hit by stray bullet

Woman shot while driving in Richmond is respected Berkeley teacher; was struck by stray bullet

The Berkeley school district issued a statement after one of its teachers was shot and seriously injured while driving in Richmond, according to KRON (Ch. 4).

Claire Dugan, 52, a fourth grade teacher at Berkeley’s Cragmont Elementary School, was struck by a stray bullet as she was driving in the area of 23rd Street and Cutting Boulevard on Saturday about 6:10 p.m., police said. She was an innocent victim who had been on her way to pick up her teenage son, KRON and police reported.

Dugan remains in recovery at the hospital after suffering critical injuries. No arrests have been reported in connection with the shooting, which occurred amid a recent wave of gun violence in Richmond.

Here’s the Berkeley school district’s statement on the incident:

“Our school community is deeply pained by the senseless shooting of Claire Dugan, a dedicated, generous teacher, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family as we ask the press to understand their request for privacy in this difficult time. We ask the same courtesy for her students and co-workers, who would be further traumatized by the presence of cameras around their campus, or seeing their classroom or school in the news of this tragedy. We will be working with City of Berkeley Mental Health to insure the well being of students and staff at her school.”

The photo above was provided by city photographer Christian Wimmer, who snapped the image right as Richmond Fire personnel got on scene to administer medical care to Dugan.


  1. Ms Dugan, was my sons teacher a real good person. My prayers go up for her and family. I pray they catch this person. God bless us all.