Two people were killed in a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday morning, prompting a massive response from local and federal law enforcement, the LAPD confirmed.
The campus was placed on lockdown just after 10 a.m., as police searched for the gunman, according to the university.
People are being asked to shelter in place in an engineering building on campus, the university said.
The FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding, the agencies said. The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on citywide tactical alert and sent hundreds of officers to the Westwood campus and surrounding neighborhoods around 10:30 a.m.
The motive for shooting was not immediately clear, law enforcement officials told The Times.
Helicopter news footage showed students walking out in a line with their hands above their heads as armed police officers scoured the campus.
According to the Daily Bruin, the shooter was wearing a black jacket and black pants.
Mehwish Khan, 21, said she took cover in the library with several other students.
“The whole campus just started running and I started running too,” she told a reporter over her cell phone.
“Everyone was very confused. We got in a building, and no one knew what was going on,” she said.
As she spoke by phone, she started hearing helicopters hovering overhead.
“A lot of people thought it was a joke or a drill,” she said.
Rafi Sands, vice president of UCLA’s student government, said he and about 30 other students used their belts to secure their classroom door after news of the shooter spread.
Sands, 20, of Oakland, said several different accounts of the shooting are funneling across campus through text messages and social media, and it took several minutes for the campus community to realize the seriousness of the situation.
“We get a lot of Bruin Alerts for small things,” he said. “It took a while for everyone to realize this is serious.”
Source: LA Times