Los Angeles, California - Police investigating shooting on UCLA campus, 2 dead:
At a news conference, UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh characterized the events as “tragic” and provided updates about how the shooting would affect campus operations.
“I want to say that our hearts go out to the victims,” Waugh said. He said also that while classes and evening events have been canceled today, commencement and final examinations will continue as scheduled.
“We want to resume normal operations as quickly as possible, so we will resume scheduled classes tomorrow morning,” he said. “Faculty, staff and students should show up tomorrow and go through their regular routines and complete the quarter as planned.”
Waugh praised local law enforcement for its cooperation and rapid response.
“I also want to thank all the law enforcement agencies of Southern California who reacted so quickly to help secure the scene and help us prevent further damage to the campus,” Waugh said. “The lockdown went extremely smoothly. That was the result of the efficiency of the BruinAlert system, which enabled people to know what to do in a timely fashion.”
In the wake of the tragedy, UCLA officials will continue to examine all campus procedures related to an active shooting, he said.
“We’ve gone through many scenarios in the past and we’ll continue to do that,” Waugh said. “We’ll learn from this event and we’ll learn how we need to work as cooperatively as possible with the different law enforcement agencies to make sure that we can handle these kinds of situations effectively and safely for the students, faculty and staff.”
According to an update from the UCLA BruinAlert system, the police investigation is continuing. Engineering IV is off limits until further notice. People should avoid Westwood Plaza due to police staging, and anyone leaving campus should exit to the north and east.
UCLA Police Chief James Herren spoke to the media and detailed how authorities responsed to the 911 call, which came in around 10 a.m.
“We immediately put out a BruinAlert — that’s our campus alert notification system — to advise all of those in our campus community of an incident that occurred that could be dangerous to them,” said Herren during a news conference. “And we requested them to stay out of the area.”
Herren said hundreds of law enforcement personnel responded to the shooting, including police officers from UCLA, the Los Angeles Police Department and Santa Monica College, along with agents from the FBI and ATF, and Los Angeles Fire Department personnel.
“We have a lot of resources here that we’re dedicating to ensure the safety of the campus community,” Herren said. “It is something that we have trained to do. So when our officers arrived on scene they immediately began putting teams together ... to help those who have been injured and also search teams to look for suspects who may [have been] in the area.”
Police confirm there was an apparent murder-suicide in Engineering IV and that the situation is now contained. The campus has reopened and the lockdown is lifted. Classes are cancelled for the day and are expected to resume tomorrow.
Two adult males are confirmed dead, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.
11:58 a.m. Police say there have been no reports of any other shots fired after the initial shooting.
11:15 a.m. Police have confirmed that two people are dead in a shooting at UCLA's Engineering IV building. Police are now sweeping the building, looking for a shooter.
Previously posted Police are investigating a shooting in Engineering IV. Police are on the scene and report that there are two victims. The campus remains on lockdown.
People are being asked to shelter in place.
Updates will be posted as they become available.