BREAKING: 2 Dead In UCLA Shooting

As of 10 a.m. (PST) this morning a shooting was reported on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, California. Two individuals who were shot have been confirmed. Any other injuries or fatalities have not been reported. Both victims have been confirmed dead. Some pictures of police officers, first responder vehicles and media outlets can be seen outside the campus.

The shooting was reported at the Boelter Hall engineering building on campus. Several minutes later the location was placed on lock-down and students were encouraged via social media to take cover and find a safe area. UCLA’s newspaper the Daily Bruin gave a description of the shooter as a white male, about six feet, with a black jacket and pants.

PoliceĀ spokesman Aareon Jefferson told AFP:

“We have two victims, the situation is very fluid.”

He maintained that it was unclear if the victims were either students or staff members of the university. Federal government agents have come to the scene. Law enforcement officials have requested people avoid the campus and a local elementary school has also been placed on a lock-down. Their are 43,000 students on campus in total.

Students have posted pictures on social media of other students barricading themselves into classrooms. One student locked themselves in a room with a belt. Authorities told students to deny entry to anyone who attempted to come into the classrooms.

A SWAT team could be seen sweeping the campus from room to room.

Police are reporting that the victims were two males. Initial reports are coming in that this was a murder-suicide. Police are actively investigating, but the campus has been declared safe as of 1 p.m. (PST). It is likely that the situation will be handled as a local investigation.

A live feed video from KTLA is available via the Los Angeles Times.

The situation is developing and details continue to come in by the minute. This article will be updated as information becomes available.

Olivia is a foreign English teacher in Seoul, South Korea. She's studied abroad in Morocco and Cuba and is a 2015 graduate of Saint Anselm College with a BA in International Relations and Economics. She enjoys writing part time on the side about politics, environmental issues, and travel.