Police are searching for a gunman on the UCLA campus who allegedly shot two victims Wednesday morning.
BruinAlert: Shooting at Engineering 4. Go to secure location and deny entry (lockdown) now!
— UCLA Bruin Alert (@UCLABruinAlert) June 1, 2016
Fox News’ Jonathan Hunt confirmed that there are “two victims,” but there is no confirmation of their condition. At 10:39 am Pacific Time, Hunt reported that there is an “active shooter” situation on campus.
The suspect is said to be a white male, about six feet tall, wearing a black jacket and black pants.
UCLA Newsroom tweeted that the shooting is believed to have taken place in Boelter Hall.
— Whitney Ashton (@whit_ashton) June 1, 2016
CBS Los Angeles reports that the alert of an “active shooter” on Boelter Hall was sent by UCLA police around 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The shooter is described “as a Caucasian man who stands around 6-feet tall. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and black pants.”
UCLA is under a lock down shooting. EVERYONE PLEASE GO INSIDE. DONT COME TO CAMPUS.
— Grace 은혜 (@hellograciemae) June 1, 2016
Students and faculty have barricaded themselves inside classrooms, improvising where necessary:
— Pranasha Shrestha (@pranashalovesu) June 1, 2016
— Carrie Rapaport ⚽️ (@newt_ripley) June 1, 2016
There is a report that at least one victim has been evacuated:
— Val Gratias (@valeriegratias) June 1, 2016
11:00 a.m. PDT: Police are now reportedly going door to door inside UCLA buildings:
— Karaface (@karaleung) June 1, 2016
11:07 a.m. PDT: LAPD reports that the two victims are dead. KTTV-FOX 11’s Araksya Karapetyan confirms the two UCLA shooting victims are dead. She tweeted, “LAPD confirming two peopled dead.”
11:12 a.m. PDT: The Los Angeles Times confirms that police are searching classroom-by-classroom for the shooter:
Police generally search for suspect in small teams using “grid by grid” system. In this case, officers are going classroom to classroom, lab to lab to “clear” each one as they go.
The idea is to make sure all areas are safe before moving on.
This process was used last year during the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, which killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center. Police slowly cleared the area and later tracked down the shooters. In that case, the sweep uncovered explosive devices that the shooters left at the center.
11:17 a.m. PDT: Student Laura Marina posted her perspective from inside the lockdown on Instagram:
Class ended early because of the shooting. A few left and a few of us decided to stay put and watch the news during this lockdown… Shooter is said to be moving toward Hilgard, which is next to this building! I hope we’re safe here…
11:21 a.m. PDT: Photos from campus show a police officer searching evacuated students:
— Irfan Khan (@latfoto) June 1, 2016
11:25 a.m. PDT: KTLA’s Tara Wallis reports that some students are being evacuated with their hands up; others are waiting inside buildings on campus waiting to be evacuated.
LAPD clearing all buildings and students coming out calmly during this frightening situation at UCLA pic.twitter.com/s80VfLRiP5
— Tara Wallis (@tarawallis) June 1, 2016
11:27 a.m. PDT: Helicopters are visible and audible from the Breitbart News headquarters, which is near UCLA in Los Angeles.
11:30 a.m. PDT: More images are emerging from inside the lockdown.
Image from inside UCLA right now sent by a friend that is there under lock down after the shooting. pic.twitter.com/oQH8wSDXO2
— Lorena de la Cuesta (@LorenadlaCuesta) June 1, 2016
Meanwhile, Fox News Channel reports that the two victims are male.
11:35 a.m. PDT: More lockdown images:
— Cassie Thompson (@CassieMThompson) June 1, 2016
— Quentin Riffard (@QuentinRiffard) June 1, 2016
Reports of a shooting on campus in engineering. I’m in a computer lab in Boelter- locked the door. Cops running around with rifles. #Ucla
— Jason Schechter (@Jasonschechter) June 1, 2016
— Jason Schechter (@Jasonschechter) June 1, 2016
12:00 p.m. PDT: Multiple news outlets, citing NBC Los Angeles and LAPD sources, suggest that the shooting may in fact have been a murder-suicide.
According to Fox 11’s Gigi Graciette, a suicide note was found at the scene near the two shooting victims on the UCLA campus. Graciette tweeted: “BREAKING: Sources say suicide note was found near two people down. Police still treating this as ‘active shooter’ until building cleared.”
BREAKING: Sources say suicide note was found near two people down. Police still treating this as "active shooter" until bldg cleared. @FOXLA
— Gigi Graciette (@GigiGraciette) June 1, 2016
12:47 p.m. PDT: During a televised press conference after noon, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck confirmed that the shooting on the UCLA campus is now being handled as a “homicide investigation.” He confirmed one homicide, one suicide. He said it appears that the incident was “entirely contained” and there is “no continuing threat to UCLA’s campus.” He said a gun was recovered at the scene.
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