Date
25 May 2017
Students on the UCLA campus who took cover after the shooting occurred emerge after the all-clear is given. Photo: AFP
Students on the UCLA campus who took cover after the shooting occurred emerge after the all-clear is given. Photo: AFP

Two dead in murder-suicide at UCLA, campus shut down

Two people died in a murder-suicide at the University of California, Los Angeles, that shut down the campus for two hours as officers in camouflage and tactical gear responded to reports of a shooting, Reuters reports.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck confirmed one man shot another and then himself in the engineering building Wednesday 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.

About 200 police officers with rifles, bulletproof vests and helmets surrounded the area after the shooting, fearing the killer might still be active, and university officials ordered the campus locked down.

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

At least three city blocks leading into the campus were filled with dozens of emergency vehicles.

“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 tied the bathroom door hinges with belts to keep the door closed because there were no locks,” Feigelman said.

“And we just waited. It was really scary.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised the people of UCLA for “extraordinary grace and calm”.

“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.

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