Live Updates: UCLA Campus on Lockdown After Shooting; 2 People Dead
Two people were killed at UCLA during a shooting on Wednesday, June 1, according to police.
“Police confirming two shooting victims at UCLA. Campus remains on lockdown. Watch for updates,” the UCLA Newsroom tweeted.
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UCLA added that students and others should “stay clear” of the “Engineering IV” building. “Police are on the scene,” it added.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the campus was put on lockdown just after 10 a.m. as cops searched for the gunman.
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The shooting triggered a huge response from local and federal law enforcement, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed.
The LAPD placed the city on tactical alert and sent hundreds of officers to the Westwood campus and surrounding areas.
Police don’t have a motive or a suspect, the Times reported.
The UCLA’s Daily Bruin reported that the shooter was wearing a black jacket and black pants.
“The whole campus just started running and I started running too,” student Mehwish Khan, 21, told the paper. “Everyone was very confused. We got in a building, and no one knew what was going on,” she said, adding: “A lot of people thought it was a joke or a drill.”
The school is located on the west side of Los Angeles, and is a flagship of the University of California system, with about 43,000 students. Currently, it is the week before final exams.
Aerial footage taken from news helicopters show a number of fire trucks and ambulances around the campus as UCLA police and LAPD cops search for the shooter. SWAT members were seen running around on campus and in vehicles.
People leaving buildings on campus were asked to place their hands on their head and some are being searched, police told KTLA.
Warner Elementary School, Fairburn Avenue Elementary School, Emerson Middle School and Marymount High School near UCLA were also placed on lockdown, KTLA reported.
“We just went to official lockdown in the dark!” an unnamed school employee told FoxNews.com via a text message. “All students moved to the back.”
“We are in lockdown…but they seemed to be only focusing over on Boelter Hall because I literally just waked through campus to my building and went straight through to my office. Had no idea of what was going on till I got here!”
Students reported hearing loud noises along with the sound of gun casings dropping, UCPD Lt. Richard Davis told The Daily Bruin.
According to the paper:
“University police recommend students stay indoors, after students reported hearing gunshots in the Engineering IV building Wednesday morning.
UCPD Lt. Richard Davis said students told UCPD they heard a loud noise and gun shellings drop. Davis added he did not know when students first reported the incident.
UCLA released a Bruin Alert about 9:52 a.m. informing students to find a secure location and lock entry.
UCLA spokesperson Ricardo Vasquez said police at the scene confirmed two victims. The shooters are believed to be a man and a woman, according to police scanner conversations.
Vasquez added all campus buildings are on lockdown.
The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed descriptions of the shooters or any injuries.This post will be updated as more information becomes available.”
Story is developing.