Two dead in murder-suicide at UCLA as campus shut down for two hours

A campus lockdown at the University of California, Los Angeles has ended after what police are saying was a murder-suicide.
Police officers conduct a search on people at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown.
Police officers conduct a search on people at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown.PHOTO: REUTERS
Police officers search a student's belongings at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus during lockdown.
Police officers search a student's belongings at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus during lockdown.PHOTO: REUTERS
A Los Angeles Metro Police squad conducts a search on the University of California, Los Angeles campus.
A Los Angeles Metro Police squad conducts a search on the University of California, Los Angeles campus.PHOTO: REUTERS
A police officer searches a student at the UCLA campus after it was placed on lockdown.
A police officer searches a student at the UCLA campus after it was placed on lockdown.PHOTO: REUTERS
Police and other security search the area on June 1, 2016, at the University of California's Los Angeles campus.
Police and other security search the area on June 1, 2016, at the University of California's Los Angeles campus.PHOTO: AFP
Police officers search corridors and rooms after the report of an active shooter.
Police officers search corridors and rooms after the report of an active shooter.PHOTO: REUTERS
Security members are seen on June 1, 2016, at the University of California's Los Angeles campus.
Security members are seen on June 1, 2016, at the University of California's Los Angeles campus.PHOTO: AFP
Police and other security patrol the area on June 1, 2016, at the University of California's Los Angeles campus.
Police and other security patrol the area on June 1, 2016, at the University of California's Los Angeles campus.PHOTO: AFP
A police officer directs a person before searching him.
A police officer directs a person before searching him.PHOTO: REUTERS
Students gather together during a lockdown at the University of California at Los Angeles campus.
Students gather together during a lockdown at the University of California at Los Angeles campus.PHOTO: EPA
Students gather together during the UCLA lockdown.
Students gather together during the UCLA lockdown.PHOTO: EPA
A UCLA student peers around the corner of a hallway in the School of Education building.
A UCLA student peers around the corner of a hallway in the School of Education building.PHOTO: REUTERS
Law enforcement officers leave the area near the engineering building where the shooting was reported.
Law enforcement officers leave the area near the engineering building where the shooting was reported.PHOTO: EPA

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A murder-suicide killed two people at the University of California, Los Angeles on Wednesday, shutting down the campus for two hours as officers in camouflage and tactical gear responded to reports of a shooting.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck confirmed one man shot another and then himself in the engineering building and that police recovered a gun at the scene.

“There are no suspects outstanding and no continuing threat to UCLA’s campus,” Beck told reporters without offering further details about the victims.

Police recovered what may turn out to be a suicide note, Beck said.

 

The shooting created a stir as some 200 police approached the scene fearing the shooter might still be active and university officials ordered the campus locked down.

President Barack Obama was briefed aboard Air Force One and he asked his team to keep him updated, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

After several tense hours, university officials announced classes would resume on Thursday.

At least three city blocks leading into the campus were filled with dozens of emergency vehicles. Officers with rifles, bulletproof vests and helmets surrounded the area.

An armoured car was parked in the middle of one intersection, and helicopters clattered overhead.

UCLA, with more than 43,000 students, is in the Westwood section of Los Angeles and one of the more well-regarded schools in the University of California system, known for its successful sports programme.

“I couldn’t believe it happened at UCLA,” said Sam Zheng, 38, a researcher who was working in the engineering building at the time of the shooting.

“I just want to go home. I don’t want to stay here.”

Engineering student Aaron Feigelman said he received a text message alerting him to an emergency and entered an adjacent building, where he and five others took refuge for 90 minutes.

“We just bolted out of there and ran up to the seventh floor,” Feigelman said.

“We tied the bathroom door hinges with belts to keep the door closed because there were no locks. And we just waited. It was really scary.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised the people of UCLA for “extraordinary grace and calm” and lamented the violence at a place of learning.

“I am heartbroken by the sight of Swat teams running down avenues normally filled with students, and angered by the fear that one person with a firearm can inflict on a community,” Garcetti said.