UCLA shooting: Two killed in murder-suicide on campus, threat is over

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LOS ANGELES — Two people were killed in a murder-suicide at UCLA on Wednesday, prompting a campuswide lockdown and forcing hundreds of terrified students to hide in buildings.

UCLA Student Body President Michael Skiles identified William S. Klug as the individual who was slain.

The situation was contained by shortly after noon, and there was no ongoing threat to to the campus, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said. He said police found a weapon, and no suspects remain at large.

UCLA said classes were canceled for the rest of Wednesday, but are expected to resume Thursday, except for the engineering school, where the death occurred. Classes there will resume Monday, officials said.

Beck said the shooting took place in a small office in the engineering building. He said he did not know whether the dead were students.

Authorities had received reports of an active shooter in or near the building, Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im said.

Officials put the campus on lockdown as authorities investigated. Throngs of police with long guns patrolled the streets of the campus of more than 40,000 students.

SWAT officers and dozens of squad cars filled the area as police tried to clear campus buildings floor by floor.

Freshman Teddi Mattox said she was in a cafeteria getting breakfast with about 100 other students when the shooting occurred.

“We got the alert and a woman said, ‘This is not a joke, everyone get to the back of the dining hall because we have to stay away from the windows,'” she said.

“We’re crowded back here, we’ve been here for at least an hour and a half. People are crying, they’re nervous, they’re shaking … I have not stopped shaking for the last hour and a half.”

UCLA officials said they will review all campus safety procedures.

“We’re pleased in the way notification went out, troubled by some reports of unlocked doors, but we want to review everything,” said Scott Waugh, UCLA’s executive vice chancellor and provost.

UCLA has also extended counseling services over the next few days to serve all the students who may be in need, Waugh said.

Los Angeles police is still investigating the shooting, according to university officials.

Police urged residents to avoid the UCLA campus.

CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes said locking down a large university in an urban area is a “monumental task.” UCLA’s engineering building is in the middle of a very densely populated part of Los Angeles.

UCLA’s final exams are scheduled for next week, with graduation set for Friday.

The engineering school’s senior class dinner was scheduled for Thursday night.

According to UCLA, the school is known as the “birthplace of the Internet” because in 1969, the first transmission on what would become the Internet was sent from the engineering school’s Boelter Hall.

UCLA campus police are investigating a possible shooting on campus Wednesday, university spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said. Police received reports of two victims down and an active shooter in or near the engineering building, Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im said.

UCLA campus police are investigating a possible shooting on campus Wednesday, university spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said. Police received reports of two victims down and an active shooter in or near the engineering building, Los Angeles Police Officer Tony Im said.

4 comments

  • Klaatu

    Curious observation: when a Cop has a rifle is a “long gun” – when a civilian has a ‘long gun it’s an “assault rifle”. I thought the Cops carry AR15’s / M16’s – the same weapon that the media constantly refers to as an “assault rifle” when used by non-law enforcement, even though it is not an assault rifle because it is only semi-automatic……..just an observation on how the spin doctors incite fear in the general populous.

  • Metal Maniac

    Scary to think the amount of resources needed and the amount of time it takes when an incident like this happens. When seconds matter, the police are 30 minutes away then they finally arrive and are on the wrong floor. Then campus security tells them that they need security clearance and need to get temporary ID badges.

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