Two men have been killed in a murder-suicide pact at UCLA on Wednesday morning, with local and federal law enforcement officers putting the campus on lockdown as a result.
Two people were found dead inside a campus engineering building, according to a UCLA spokesperson.
The shooting follows a bomb threat the night before that occurred as a result of Breitbart Technology editor, Milo Yiannopoulous, giving a controversial talk at the University against feminism.
His “Dangerous Faggot Tour” talk prompted protests outside the Broad Art Building, where Milo was due to speak, from pro-feminists groups who wanted Milo banned from speaking.
His talk ended when the Unviersity recieved an anonymous bomb threat.
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Helicopter news footage showed students walking out in a line with their hands above their heads as armed police officers scoured the campus.
According to the Daily Bruin, the shooter was wearing a black jacket and black pants.
The shooting left students hiding in buildings across campus. Some secured doors with belts or created makeshift barricades to secure themselves in classrooms as word of the gunfire spread across campus.
Graduate student Jason La, 33, was sitting in Boelter Hall taking a test about 9:40 a.m. when an officer walked in and told the class to lock the door and barricade it.
About a minute later they were told to leave. Students began to move out of the building, then began running when an officer yelled at them to get away from the building, La said.
Sean Lynch, the son of a professor who works in the engineering building, was exchanging text messages with his father as the campus was placed on lockdown. Lynch said his father was in a colleague’s office and heard three gunshots, but did not see the shooter.
Student Mehwish Khan, 21, said she ran to the Charles E. Young Research Library, where numerous other students were hiding Wednesday morning. At around 10:45 a.m., she said she and others had barricaded themselves in a restroom as they texted family and friends who were all giving different information about possible shooters.
“We are getting messages from all over,” she told a Times reporter in a text message.
Asked how she was doing, Khan said, “Okay. Just scared. And scared for all of my friends.”
Many students only agreed to speak with reporters via text message because UCLA protocol asks students not to speak on their phones in the event of an active shooter, they said.
Rafi Sands, vice president of UCLA’s student government, said he and about 30 other students used their belts to secure their classroom door after news of the shooter spread.
Sands, 20, of Oakland, said several different accounts of the shooting are funneling across campus through text messages and social media, and it took several minutes for the campus community to realize the seriousness of the situation.
“We get a lot of Bruin Alerts for small things,” he said. “It took a while for everyone to realize this is serious.”
Nick Terry drove to his architecture class from silver lake expecting to take a final at 11 and give a presentation at noon.
His vision for the day quickly shattered when he arrived on campus after 10 to find there was an active shooting situation on campus.
Terry, 29, said he felt more anger than fear.
“It just seems so pointless,” he said of the violence that left at least two dead. “Two days left of school and it’s gonna end on this note?”