The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was on the lockdown after gunshots came from the engineering building. The 911 call was made at 10 a.m.. Dozens of police with long guns were roaming and scanning the campus ground searching for the shooter. The university sent out a “Bruin Alert” warning for everyone to stay away from the area and take cover wherever they were.
A few hours later, Charlie Beck, the Los Angeles Police Chief declared, “The campus is now safe.”
Two bodies including the shooter were found. William S. Klug, who was a professor of mechanical engineering, was fatally shot while the shooter’s identity wasn’t revealed. “A homicide and a suicide occurred,” Beck told the reporters. The police then discovered a note near the bodies.
According to The Associated Press, people who knew Klug said that he was a gentle husband and father of two.
Investigation is currently in progress by the UCLA Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also aiding the case.
Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman stated that President Barack Obama on Air Force One has been informed of the incident.
“I am heartbroken by the sight of SWAT teams running down avenues normally filled with students, and angered by the fear that one person with a firearm can inflict on a community,” said Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles.