Two people were killed Wednesday morning in a murder-suicide at the University of California, Los Angeles, shootings that led police to lock down the campus for about two hours as officers searched and cleared the area.
“The campus is now safe,” Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “The issue that occurred has been contained.”
Reports of several shots fired at the city campus started coming in at about 10 a.m. local time, and authorities quickly locked down the campus of 43,000 students. Police urged people to stay away as they considered it a possible active-shooter situation, and students barricaded themselves in classrooms and dorms as dozens of local and federal law enforcement officials streamed in. Some UCLA students were still in class this week as the semester is wrapping up, with the main commencement scheduled for June 10.
Police could not confirm the identities of the two people killed, their relationship or their roles at the school, saying only that they were both men. Beck said they were found in a small office in the engineering building.
“Many, many questions are unanswered at this point,” Beck said, noting that it was possible there was a suicide note at the scene.