Two men died in a murder-suicide at the University of California’s Los Angeles campus, prompting a lockdown and a massive security deployment at the sprawling facility.
Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck said both victims were found with gunshot wounds in an office on campus. At least three shots were fired and a gun was found at the scene.
“At about 10:00 this morning a homicide and a suicide occurred in the engineering facility… of the UCLA campus on the south side,” Beck told reporters. “It appears it is entirely contained.”
Many students and staff at the University of California’s Los Angeles campus (UCLA) could be seen walking out of buildings with their arms raised while others knelt as officers patted them down for possible weapons ©Robyn Beck (AFP)
Authorities declined to identify the victims. But various reports said the shooter was a student who killed a professor before turning the gun on himself.
“We were in the middle of class when we got (a text alert) and the professor just told us to lock the door really quickly and not to make any noise,” said Ricky, a student who did not want his last name to be used.
Many students and staff could be seen walking out of buildings with their arms raised. Others knelt down on sidewalks as officers patted them down for possible weapons.
A nearby elementary school and a middle school were also put on lockdown.
The White House said President Barack Obama was notified of the shooting and had asked his team to keep him updated on the situation.
The killings forced Brazil’s soccer team, which had planned to train at the university Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Copa America tournament, to find an alternate facility.