At Least Two People Were Killed In A Shooting On UCLA’s Campus
Wednesday morning, the UCLA campus was put on lockdown after at least two people were killed in a shooting, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. The motive was not immediately clear, nor was the identity of the shooter. Students and faculty on campus were urged to take shelter after reports of a shooting in or near an engineering building just before 10 a.m. local time.
Update: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the shooting appeared to be a murder-suicide, meaning one of the two people killed was the shooter. “The campus is entirely contained,” he told ABC7. “We believe there are no suspects outstanding and no continuing threat to UCLA’s campus.”
SWAT officers and dozens of cop cars swarmed the area, and agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives headed to the scene to assist. News footage showed students exiting buildings with their hands above their heads as cops emptied certain buildings floor by floor. The shooting took place in or near Boelter Hall, a science and engineering building near the center of the campus. The police only confirmed that two people were dead, and it’s not known whether they were UCLA students, faculty, or visitors, but CBS Los Angeles reports that both victims were male.
The gunman was not immediately found and police continued to search the campus, but the university newspaper reports that it was a white man about six-feet tall wearing a black jacket and black pants. The police have not ruled out the possibility that it was a murder-suicide and one of the male victims was the shooter.
The nature of the crime will determine which law enforcement agency leads the investigation. If the shooter had personal motives against the victims, the LAPD will be in charge, but if it was a terrorist act, the FBI will take over. A murder-suicide would suggest the former, but that will be decided once the shooter’s identity and motive are uncovered.
The university continued updating the school community via its website and Twitter, saying, “People are being asked to shelter in place,” and assuring people that no more shots had been fired since the initial shooting. The assistant dean of letters and science asked professors to cancel Wednesday classes, as the university remained on lockdown into the afternoon. The school’s finals are supposed to begin next week, with graduation scheduled for next Friday.