Two people have been killed after a shooting at an engineering lab on UCLA’s Westwood campus. The reports of the gunfire first came at around 10 a.m. local time on June 1. According to the school, the shooting happened inside of Boelter Hall.
Scanner traffic indicates that the shooter was last seen close to the Young Research Library armed with an assault rifle. In a press conference, UCLA Police Chief James D. Herren said, “It is certainly possible that one of the victims is the shooter.”
Just after 12 p.m., the situation at the school was declared “contained.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Shooter Was a White Male Wearing All Black
The Daily Bruin reports that the shooter has been described as a white male who six feet tall. The newspaper adds that he was wearing a black jacket and black pants.
In his press conference immediately after the shooting, Chief Herren alluded to the incident possibly being a murder/suicide. KNX reporter Rob Archer tweeted that a suicide note was recovered at the scene.
2. The LAPD Says Both Victims Are Male
Two people have been wounded in the shooting, reports the Daily Bruin. On the LAPD’s Twitter page, it says “possibly 2 vict down.” While CBS Los Angeles says it’s confirmed that two people have been shot, citing school officials. UCLA spokesman Tod Tamberg told the Los Angeles Times, “Two people were shot.” Those reports were later confirmed by the LAPD.
ABC Los Angeles’ John Gregory reports that those two people are both dead.
3. There Was a Massive Police Response on the Campus
According to officials, the LAPD have sent a SWAT team to the campus. The school was put on lockdown with officials asking administrators to cancel school activities for the rest of the day.
Fox Los Angeles’ Jeff Michael reports that “Police presence heavy on UCLA campus but little activity. Students told to stay put.” The ATF is also responding to the scene. President Obama was briefed about the shooting on board Air Force One, reports KNX.
One student, Mewish Khan, described the chaotic scene to the Los Angeles Times saying, “The whole campus just started running and I started running too. Everyone was very confused. We got in a building, and no one knew what was going on. A lot of people thought it was a joke or a drill.”
While another student told CBS Los Angeles that a teacher “made them flip all the tables, put them up against the door.”
4. Officials Performed a Room-by-Room Search of the Engineering Lab
The LA Times reports that room-by-room searching is being done in Boelter Hall. Twitter user Kara Leung has been live-tweeting the search. Photos and pictures cicrulating on social media show students coming out of the building with their arms raised.
Fox Los Angeles anchor and UCLA alum reported that “it will take hours for LAPD to clear the massive engineering building on UCLA campus, even if shooter is down.”
5. Conservative Commentator Dana Loesch Has Said the Shooting Is an Example of Why Gun Control Doesn’t Work
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, conservative commentator Dana Loesch sparked a Twitter war by saying, “UCLA is a gun-free premises in a gun free zone in a state with universal background checks. How did this happen, gun control lobby?”
According to Armed Campus, “The overwhelming majority of the 4,400 colleges and universities in the United States prohibit the carrying of firearms on their campuses.” The website says that the only states that allow firearms on college campuses are Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Texas and Wisconsin.”