Deadly UCLA Shooting Was Murder-Suicide

A student and professor are dead
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2016 12:44 PM CDT
Updated Jun 1, 2016 7:00 PM CDT
At Least 2 Shot at UCLA; Campus on Lockdown
Police work at the scene of a shooting at UCLA on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Two men were shot and killed at UCLA in a murder-suicide that had police swarming the campus Wednesday morning, authorities said. The AP reports the shooting happened in a small office in an engineering building called Boelter Hall, and a gun was found along with what might be a suicide note. ABC 7 identified the victim as engineering professor William Klug. The shooter was a student, according to New York Daily News. The campus on the west side of Los Angeles was locked down, and dozens of officers with the LAPD and the university's police force ran across the campus, some with weapons drawn. At one point, a team in tactical gear stormed into a building, and more than a dozen police cars massed near Boelter Hall. People emerged from buildings with their hands raised or behind their heads. Police told people to stay away from the campus in a bustling part of the city.

Many students posted to social media, many to let friends and family know they were safe. Some described frantic evacuation scenes and a large police response. Others wrote that their doors weren't locking and posted photos of items like photocopiers and foosball tables pushed up against them. At a mathematical sciences building near Boelter Hall, SWAT officers with guns drawn cleared occupants who emerged one by one. One man walked out with his hands up and was told to get on his knees. An armed officer searched him and his backpack, then sent him on his way with his hands still in the air. Bioengineering professor Denise Aberle said she could see "a lot of police activity with innumerable cars" and a police helicopter hovering over the engineering building. "Police keep coming," she said. (More school shooting stories.)

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