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University of California shooting: Two dead in UCLA murder-suicide

Published 01/06/2016

News photographers are reflected on a glass door as security personnel search the University of California Los Angeles campus after two people were confirmed dead following a shooting at the Engineering IV annex of the facility, June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. AFP/Getty Images
News photographers are reflected on a glass door as security personnel search the University of California Los Angeles campus after two people were confirmed dead following a shooting at the Engineering IV annex of the facility, June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. AFP/Getty Images
Security personnel search the University of California's Los Angeles campus after two people were confirmed dead following a shooting at the facility, June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Dozens of police cars and tactical response teams as well as federal agents rushed to the site as helicopters hovered overhead. Some 43,000 students are enrolled at the massive UCLA campus, according to its website. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
People are evacuated as Los Angeles Police Department officers and other security personnel search the University of California's Los Angeles campus after two people were confirmed dead following a shooting at the facility, June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Dozens of police cars and tactical response teams as well as federal agents rushed to the site as helicopters hovered overhead. Some 43,000 students are enrolled at the massive UCLA campus, according to its website. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Security personnel escort people from the University of California Los Angeles campus after two people were confirmed dead following a shooting at the facility, June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Dozens of police cars and tactical response teams as well as federal agents rushed to the site as helicopters hovered overhead. Some 43,000 students are enrolled at the massive UCLA campus, according to its website. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Security personnel check people at the University of California Los Angeles campus after two people were confirmed dead following a shooting at the facility, June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Dozens of police cars and tactical response teams as well as federal agents rushed to the site as helicopters hovered overhead. Some 43,000 students are enrolled at the massive UCLA campus, according to its website. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
People are escorted by security personnel at the University of California Los Angeles campus after two people were confirmed dead following a shooting at the facility, June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Dozens of police cars and tactical response teams as well as federal agents rushed to the site as helicopters hovered overhead. Some 43,000 students are enrolled at the massive UCLA campus, according to its website. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Security personnel search the University of California Los Angeles campus after two people were confirmed dead following a shooting at the Engineering IV annex of the facility, June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Dozens of police cars and tactical response teams as well as federal agents rushed to the site as helicopters hovered overhead. Some 43,000 students are enrolled at the massive UCLA campus, according to its website. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
University of California in Los Angeles is currently in lockdown (File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Two men have been killed at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

The shooting, that led to a massive response on the campus in a bustling part of LA, was a murder-suicide, authorities said.

Security personnel check people at the University of California Los Angeles campus after two people were confirmed dead following a shooting at the facility, June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. AFP/Getty Images
Security personnel check people at the University of California Los Angeles campus after two people were confirmed dead following a shooting at the facility, June 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. AFP/Getty Images

Police chief Charlie Beck declared the campus safe about two hours after authorities received an emergency call.

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, he said. No names have been released.

Hundreds of officers from multiple federal and local agencies swarmed the campus, which had been placed on lockdown.

Teams in tactical gear looking for victims and suspects ran across campus, some with weapons drawn, and stormed into buildings.

People emerged from buildings with their hands raised or behind their heads.

The shooting occurred the week before final exams at UCLA, a major campus of the University of California system with about 43,000 students.

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 were not locking and posted photos of items such as photocopiers pushed up against them.

The focus of police activity was a cluster of engineering buildings near the centre of a campus that occupies 419 acres in Los Angeles.

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.

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