Police wearing tactical gear flooded the campus property of University of California, Los Angeles, early Wednesday afternoon, locking down the campus while they combed for a shooter.
The LAPD has now confirmed the campus shooting at UCLA that left two men dead was a murder-suicide.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck confirmed the shooter was one of the two men killed in a small office in a building in the campus’ engineering complex.
“The campus is now safe,” Beck told reporters in a news conference shortly after noon.
A senior-level student in the Engineering IV building said he was on the fifth floor and then saw a police officer, “yelling at everyone to run, run, run, run … as far away as we could from the building, so it was pretty chaotic.”
The student then told MSNBC News he ran, along with others, and then checked the campus news-alert system and learned police were investigating an active shooting situation. He also said he’d heard through the grapevine the shooter was a white male and that “two were down.” A construction worker told reporters he came face-to-face with the shooter who was wearing “body armor.”
According to the Daily Bruin, the shooter was wearing a black jacket and black pants.
The campus spans 419 acres. Many students were taking their final exams when the shooting was reported.
The FBI is on the scene, and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the campus, CNN reported. The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on citywide tactical alert and sent hundreds of officers to the Westwood campus and surrounding neighborhoods, reported the Los Angeles Times.
“If it’s a personal thing between a couple of students, then it will be a local police matter. If by chance it turned into a terrorist situation, then the FBI would have primary justification over that,” said Tom Fuentes, a senior law enforcement analyst on CNN.