UCLA Lockdown Lifted: Campus Shooting Was Murder-Suicide

  • by: Alan Duke

UPDATE:

The shooting that triggered a lockdown on the University of California at Los Angeles campus Wednesday morning was a homicide followed by a suicide, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. The gun used in the shooting was found at the scene, he said.

"The campus is now safe," Chief Beck told reporters at 12:10 p.m., just over two hours after the shooting. There are "no suspects outstanding."

Previous reporting:

UCLA police chief Jim Herren told reporters at 11:40 a.m. that there was an "active search to ensure there are no other victims" and they are "still searching to see if there is a suspect that may be in the area."

Chief Herren said it was possible it was a murder-suicide and that the shooter is dead, not on the loose.

The school issued a two-sentence statement at 11:15 a.m. (just over an hour after teh incident.) "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."

A LAPD spokesman told reporters just over an hour after the incident began that police know "very little at this point." "What we do know is that a shooting happened," he said.

Tactical teams from UCLA campus police and the LAPD are searching buildings around the shooting. A "city-wide tactical alert" has been issued for all of Los Angeles to "allow reallocation" of LAPD resources, he said.

Los Angeles Police confirmed two people are "down," although it is uncertain what that means. It is also believed to involve a "possible active shooter."

The UCLA campus newspaper is closely covering the incident, although the extra traffic crashed its website.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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