Two men were dead in what police were calling a murder-suicide at the University of California Los Angeles on Wednesday, provoking a massive police response that left thousands of students and staff in lock down on campus.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said two men were dead and that a weapon was found at the scene. He could not confirm reports that a suicide note was found.
Beck said the shooting took place inside an office in the Engineering IV building, also known as Boelter Hall. He said the campus is now considered safe, but that officers were continuing to search buildings out of abundant caution.
Los Angeles Police called a tactical alert, which puts all officers on alert citywide. Scores of police armed with assault rifles and shotguns were converging on the campus, some coming from more than 10 miles away.
“We have literally hundreds of police officers and agents on campus,” Herren said. “We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the community. It is something we have trained to do.”
Los Angeles Police said it and campus police received multiple reports of gunshots on campus at about 10 a.m.
Aerial television coverage showed groups of heavily armed police running up stairs on the south side of the building. Some students were seen leaving buildings with their hands in the air, with police searching their backpacks. Ambulances and fire crews were standing by as a precaution.
Although other colleges already recessed classes for summer, UCLA’s quarter is still underway.
Source: USA Today | Chris Woodyard