2 Shot at UCLA in Possible Murder-Suicide

2 Shot at UCLA in Possible Murder-SuicideEXPAND
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Two people were fatally shot at UCLA today, a campus spokeswoman confirmed to L.A. Weekly.* A search for a possible active shooter was over as police now believe this was a murder-suicide.** 

UCLA officials confirmed in a statement that two victims have been shot on campus. The shooting reportedly took place at or near Boelter Hall, an engineering building at the Westwood campus.

"Police confirm there was an apparent murder-suicide in Engineering IV and that the situation is now contained," the university said in a statement. "The campus has reopened and the lockdown is lifted. Classes are canceled for the day and are expected to resume tomorrow."**

The Los Angeles Police Department was put on citywide tactical alert, which allows commanders to keep the department at full staffing. That citywide tactical alert was canceled about 12:15 p.m., but the LAPD's West Bureau was still on modified tactical alert.**

UPDATE at 11:11 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016: LAPD Capt. Andrew Neiman spoke to reporters on campus.

"The message to everybody on campus is to shelter in place," he said.

"We have responded in an abundance of caution," Neiman said. "There are a lot of resources here."

Bomb squad officers were on scene in case they're needed, he said.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Peter Sanders said first responders were called to the campus about 10 a.m.

He had no further information on the victims.

*UPDATE at 11:18 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016: The story has been edited to reflect new information.

A campus spokeswoman confirmed there are two dead. 

Students told reporters they received the first campus alert about the situation at 9:51 a.m.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told us agents were on campus "assisting local partners."

UPDATE at 11:36 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016: The LAPD said in a statement that those found with gunshot wounds on campus are male.

"The LAPD has confirmed that two males were located suffering gunshot wounds," the department stated.

UCLA police Chief James D. Herren told reporters on campus that a search for a possible shooter and possible further victims was still under way.

He was asked if one of the two dead was the shooter.

"It is certainly possible that one of the victims is the shooter," he said.

The shooting took place inside an engineering building, and people were still inside sheltered in place, he said. UCLA media relations representatives said the shooting victims were found in the Engineering IV building.

**UPDATE at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016: This story has been edited to reflect new information. Our headline has changed. Reports of a possible active shooter, as reflected in our original headline, appear to be untrue.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said police believe this was a murder-suicide and that the shooter is one of the two males found dead on campus.

The situation "is entirely contained" with "no continuing threat to UCLA's campus," he told reporters.

"The method of suicide" was gunfire, he said.

"The campus is now safe," Beck said.

He said "there is evidence" that could be a suicide note. "There is a gun at the scene," the chief said.

"The school will go about its business of reopening," Beck said.

The attack took place in a "small office" in an engineering building, he said.

Three shots were fired, Beck said.


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