East German border guards Friday shot at and took into custody three people who tried to flee to West Berlin, police in West Berlin said Friday. The guards took away the three, including one who appeared to be injured, police said.

Earlier in the day the commanders of United States, British and French forces in West Berlin expressed shock at the recent death of an East Berliner who tried to flee to the Western side of the city in a home-made balloon. East and West Berlin authorities said the man died when he crashed to the ground.