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Two men were left dead in a murder-suicide on UCLA’s Westwood campus on Wednesday morning, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said, relaying that “the campus is now safe.”
The chief said that there was “evidence” of a suicide note and said at the time that the two deceased would not be identified until the next of kin were notified. They were described as adult males whose relationship was unknown.
On Wednesday evening, KABC first identified the victim as William Klug, a UCLA professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Police are still investigating the motive of the shooting.
At least three shots were fired, Beck said.
The engineering building in which the shooting took place was “off limits” as a Los Angeles SWAT team cleared the campus and “hundreds” of officers were on the scene, UCLA Police Chief James Herren said during a televised press conference.
Classes were canceled Wednesday and will resume Thursday except for those in engineering, UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh said in a later press conference Wednesday afternoon.
“The campus remains in a state of sorrow,” said Waugh, who couldn’t divulge further information about the victims.
Monday is the beginning of finals week for UCLA and the school plans to hold finals and commencement as scheduled.
Engineering classes, however, have been canceled for the rest of the week. “Our goal within the school is to heal those wounds and make sure [the students] feel comfortable with the situation before resuming their normal activities,” said Waugh, who added that there will be a vigil in the next couple of days.
“Our primary goal right now is to review all of our security procedures,” he said, specifying that they were pleased with the way notifications quickly went out, but were troubled by reports of faulty locks on doors within the building. “The goal is to make the campus as secure as possible, to learn from what happened today.”
Waugh said that up until the shooting, it was an ordinary day with many people on campus.
Multiple students interviewed by TV media said the shooting was rattling. Other students posted pictures over social media of their secured classroom in an effort to let family, friends and authorities know they were OK.
Students and staff in the buildings closest to the shooting location were brought out one at a time and searched by police, TV news coverage showed.
No other details were immediately available from the Office of Emergency Management at the Los Angeles-area state school. The LAPD was placed on citywide tactical alert not long after the shooting was reported.
Fire officials responded to the scene shortly after 10 a.m. local time and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms agents also responded, the departments said on their official Twitter accounts. The FBI also sent agents to the location.
According to the campus alert system, which emails students and faculty during emergencies, the shooting happened in the Engineering 4 building. “People are being asked to shelter in place,” read a news bulletin from the university.
Broadcast footage from the scene shows officers heavily armed in SWAT-type gear.
BruinAlert: Shooting at Engineering 4. Go to secure location and deny entry (lockdown) now!
— UCLA Bruin Alert (@UCLABruinAlert) June 1, 2016
4:55 p.m. PT: Updated with afternoon press conference.
7 p.m. PT: Updated with victim’s name.
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