LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Two people were killed today in a shooting at UCLA, prompting a university-wide lockdown as police swarmed the Westwood campus in search of a possible shooter
The shooting was reported shortly before 10 a.m. in Boelter Hall, which is part of the Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, according to the university.
About an hour after the shooting was reported, Los Angeles police Officer Jenny Houser confirmed that two victims were found dead on the campus. There were unconfirmed reports from the scene that a suicide note may have been found near the victims, but police were continuing to scour campus buildings — going classroom-by-classroom — in search of a possible shooter.
The entire campus was placed on lockdown and students were advised to shelter in place. A large number of police and fire units swarmed to the Westwood campus, and paramedics were seen standing by with gurneys. The FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives both dispatched agents to the campus.
The Los Angeles Police Department went on a tactical alert in response
to the shooting reports.
Students received alerts from the university notifying them about the shooting and were told to remain sheltered in place. Via social media, some students reported hunkering down in restrooms or classrooms.
As police cleared classrooms, students were seen walking from buildings, often with their hands raised and some being subjected to pat-downs as they left.
Fairburn and Warner elementary schools and Emerson Middle School, all of which are located near UCLA, were placed on lockdown, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District.