BREAKING NEWS: Two dead in shooting at UCLA, campus on lockdown

June 1, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Two people were killed in a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement, the LAPD confirmed.

The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university.

 

People are being asked to shelter in place in an engineering building on the campus, the university said.

The FBI and ATF are both responding, each agency said. The LAPD placed the city on a tactical alert and shifted hundreds of officers to the Westwood campus and surrounding neighborhoods around 10:30 a.m.

The motive for shooting was not immediately clear, law enforcement officials told The Times.

Helicopter news footage showed students walking out in a line with their hands above their head, as armed police officers scoured the campus.

 

According to the Daily Bruin, the shooter was wearing a black jacket and black pants.

Mehwish Khan, a 21-year-old psycho-biology student, took cover in the library along with several other students. 

"The whole campus just started running and I started running too," she told a reporter over her cell phone. 

"Everyone was very confused. We got in a building, and no one knew what was going on," she said.

As she spoke by phone, she started hearing helicopters hovering overhead.

"A lot of people thought it was a joke or a drill," she said.

 

Rafi Sands, vice president of UCLA’s student government, said he and about thirty other students used belts to lock their classroom door after news of the shooter went out on Wednesday morning.

Sands, 20, of Oakland, said several different accounts of the shooting are funneling across campus through text messages and social media, and it took several minutes for campus community to realize the seriousness of the situation.

 

“We get a lot of Bruin Alerts for small things,” he said. “It took a while for everyone to realize this is serious.”

 

UPDATES:

10:51 a.m.: This post was updated with additional information from law enforcement officials.

10:41 a.m.: This post was updated with new details.

This article was originally posted at 10:17 a.m.

 

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