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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

Professor Shot by Student at UCLA; Classes to resume Thursday

Two bodies found, students sent home during finals week as search conducted just in case.

 

Police searched campus and stopped anyone they thought looked suspicious.

One of the two bodies found at UCLA had a suicide note, indicating that one of the dead people shot the other, UC Police confirmed. All finals for June 1 have been cancelled, and students have been asked to stay away from campus, as the LAPD conducted a search to be sure there are no other suspects.

Los Angeles Police Department officers in tactical gear were all over the campus, and the FBI and ATF were also reportedly responding. Los Angeles Police chief said the shooting occurred within a small office in the building, and that the shooter was one of the dead.

Two men were found dead inside the building suffering from gunshot wounds. LAPD said no additional suspects were found. That being the case, a lockdown that had lasted all morning was lifted. A law enforcement official told the LA Times that based on the appearances of the dead, police think that a professor had been shot by someone young enough to be a student. The shooter then turned the gun on himself.

Police received reports an active shooter in or near the engineering building Number 4, UCLA Police Chief Jim Herring said. They found 2 dead bodies, and were searching for other victims, or another shooter. It appears however that this was done in an abundance of caution.

All June 1 finals will be rescheduled, UCLA said in a tweet, saying that classes and exams scheduled for today were both cancelled.

LAPD officers in tactical gear, and agents from the FBI and ATF were searching UCLA in great numbers.

The 90 year old UC hosts 40,000 students, about half of whom live on the 434 acre campus. The University of California has its own police department.

Update, 7 PM PST: William S. Klug, the 39-year-old professor killed by a gunman at UCLA today, was described by colleagues as a brilliant scientist known for his kindness and the support he gave his students

On Facebook, Evelyn Estrada said: "My sister is in class right now she texted me, her class is blocking the class windows and doors with desks and chairs. Update: She sent a msg saying there is a shooter in the building next to hers."

The lockdown was lifted at 12:21 PM PST, and students were allowed to leave classrooms and go home. Classes and exams will resume tomorrow as scheduled.

 

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