At least two people died in a shooting at the University of California, Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, police said. The campus remained locked down because of what police called an active shooter situation, drawing local officers as well as federal law enforcement officials to the university.
The Los Angeles Police Department said shortly after 11 a.m. local time that two people were dead, and the university said that the victims were found in an engineering building. The department said later that officers had located the two people who were shot — both males — when they responded to calls about shots fired on the campus.
Police officers continued to search the campus and surrounding areas, but as of 11:40 a.m. local time, “no additional suspects have been seen,” the LAPD said in a statement.
The law enforcement response on Wednesday was typical of what is seen after shootings and reports of gunshots at schools. Initial information is often fluid and uncertain, as police work to figure out if they are responding to another mass shooting — like the rampage at Roseburg, Ore., last fall — or a murder-suicide, as occurred at a Phoenix high school this year.
Schools often respond quickly to potential violence, running shelter-in-place drills during the year and locking down facilities when there are reports of gunfire. They have also increasingly become targets for threats, as callers across the country this year have disrupted classes and stoked fear in dozens of schools.
Police across Los Angeles were placed on tactical alert, according to the LAPD.
The incident began a few minutes after 10 a.m. local time, according to Tony Im, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
The LAPD and FBI both responded to the scene, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Campus officials warned students to stay where they are until more information is available. At about 11:30 local time, police were still warning people to avoid the area.
The public university has 43,000 students on its Los Angeles campus. The main commencement ceremony is June 10.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) June 1, 2016
Police investigating possible shooter at UCLA’s Boelter Hall. Observe campus wide lockdown.
— UCLA Newsroom (@UCLAnewsroom) June 1, 2016
Stay in your rooms or a safe location. Do not try to go to classes or dining halls. Wait until it is safe to leave your location
— UCLA Housing (@UCLAhousing) June 1, 2016
Shooting reported at Engineering IV at #UCLA. Go to a secure location and deny entry.
— Daily Bruin (@dailybruin) June 1, 2016
On social media, people reported hiding in classrooms waiting for updates.
Welp that was the scariest 10 sec of my life seeing a cop run from Boelter hall screaming run there’s a shooting! ? pic.twitter.com/zpRI1MT0QQ
— jacks (@jacky_sosa) June 1, 2016
— Chelsea Dinkins (@chelsbelsmaui) June 1, 2016