The two shootings deaths on the UCLA campus on Wednesday were the result of a murder-suicide, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck told reporters. There were no suspects on the loose, he said.
Beck said the situation was contained and a weapon was found at the scene where the two men died.
Original Report of Shooting
Police received reports of two victims down and an active shooter in or near the engineering building.
Officials put the campus on lockdown as authorities investigate the incident at Boelter Hall.
Two people were shot and killed on the UCLA campus Wednesday, prompting a campus-wide lockdown and forcing hundreds of terrified students to hide in buildings.
UCLA Police Chief James Herren said he did not know whether the two males killed were students or staff members. Both were found inside an engineering building.
Authorities had received reports of an active shooter in or near the building, Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im said.
Herren said it’s not clear whether one of the two deceased was the shooter.
Officials put the campus on lockdown as authorities investigated the incident. Large groups of police with long guns patrolled the streets of the campus of more than 40,000 students.
SWAT officers and dozens of squad cars filled the area as police tried to clear campus buildings floor by floor.
Freshman Teddi Mattox said students were getting breakfast when the shooting occurred.
“We got the alert and a woman said, ‘This is not a joke, everyone get to the back of the dining hall because we have to stay away from the windows,'” she told CNN. “We’re crowded back here, we’ve been here for at least an hour and a half. People are crying, they’re nervous, they’re shaking. ”
Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also were headed to the scene.
“So far we don’t know the nature of the shooting,” CNN senior law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes said.
“If it’s a personal thing between a couple of students, then it will be a local police matter. If by chance it turned into a terrorist situation, then the FBI would have primary justification over that.”
Los Angeles police issued a citywide tactical alert, meaning officers on duty will be extended.
Police urged residents to avoid the UCLA campus.
Fuentes said locking down a large university in an urban area is a “monumental task.” UCLA’s engineering building is in the middle of a very densely populated part of Los Angeles.
And if an active shooter is on campus, police face an exceptional challenge, Fuentes said.
UCLA’s final exams are scheduled for next week, with graduation set for Friday.