2 Confirmed Dead in UCLA Murder-Suicide

Associated Press

An apparent murder-suicide on the campus of UCLA has left two men dead, Los Angeles police officials say. The incident sent students and staff scrambling for safety and placed the campus on lockdown for much of the morning.

The shooting took place just after 10 a.m. PDT in the university’s engineering building, according to reports, and prompted a massive response from local and federal law enforcement agencies.

The victims in the shooting were unidentified and the motive in the incident is unclear. Police did tell the Los Angeles Times that it appeared that the gunman was a student who shot a professor, then turned the gun on himself. The violence took place the week before final exams were given on the campus.

Students described a frantic scene as many rushed to take cover. UCLA’s campus security system sent out alerts to the school’s 43,000 students just minutes after the shooting happened. The campus lockdown was lifted at 12:05 p.m., but classes were canceled for the day.

Rafi Sands, who is vice president of UCLA’s student government, said when news of the shooting spread through campus via social media, he and 30 other students used their belts to secure their classroom door. But he said it took several minutes for the campus community to realize the seriousness of the situation.

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

Photo: Police officers work at the scene of a fatal shooting at UCLA. AP/Ringo H.W. Chiu