WESTWOOD—Authorities are investigating a shooting that transpired on the campus of UCLA on Wednesday, June 1. Police have confirmed that two people are dead from the shooting that took place at the UCLA Engineering IV building, also known as Bolter Building.
The first call for assistance came in at 9:55 a.m. where reports were made of an active shooter on the UCLA campus. UCLA released on their website that authorities were still sweeping the building, looking for a shooter as of 11:15 a.m. There were no reports of any other shootings beyond the initial shooting.
The campus remained on lockdown and individuals were asked to seek shelter for their safety. A tweet was released by the UCLA Twitter account that read: “Do not go outside unless instructed by UCPD! Do not come to campus. If outside go indoors and lock down.”
The Los Angeles Police Department, S.W.A.T. team and the FBI searched the campus for the shooter.
There are 43,301 enrolled students on the 419 acre campus located in western Los Angeles, north of the Westwood shopping district, just south of Sunset Boulevard.
According to reports, a suicide note was reportedly found along with a gun. The university shortly after 12 p.m. released a tweet indicating that the campus lockdown was over, but classes for the day were cancelled, and were expected to resume on Thursday. The LAPD has confirmed the deaths of two adult males. The names of the victims have not yet been disclosed to the public.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released the following statement: “Our hearts are heavy this evening as our campus family mourns the sudden and tragic deaths of two people on our campus earlier today. The thoughts and prayers of our entire UCLA family are with the victims’ families and the students, faculty and staff of UCLA Engineering.
Most of us have never experienced a day like today, and this incident has been enormously stressful for everyone. UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available for any member of our community who wishes to speak to a trained counselor about their feelings about the incident. Phone counseling is available for students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 310-825-0768, or students may visit CAPS in person, on the second floor of John Wooden Center West.
Staff and faculty may seek services at the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center, at 10920 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 380, or by calling 310-794-0245.
The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and UCLA emergency personnel train for emergency situations, always with the goal of protecting our campus community. All of us are deeply grateful to our UCLA Police Department, UCLA Fire Department and other emergency responders. Thank you for all you do to keep all of us safe.
Thanks also to the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Fire Department and the numerous other agencies who came to our assistance this morning. Please check UCLA Newsroom for further updates as they become available. Our UCLA family has indeed been shaken, but we will rely upon the strong bonds of our community and our faith in one another as we begin the process of healing.”
LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck indicated in a statement: “The threat is over, the shooting appears to be a murder-suicide. This occurred in a small office in building 4.”
The name of the victim and the shooter has been identified. The shooter, Mainak Sarkar, of Minnesota had a ‘kill list’ that included the name of the professor who he fatally shot on campus. That professor has been identified by UCLA as William S. Klug. The shooter graduated from UCLA in 2013 with a Ph.D. from the School of Engineering. Reports also indicate the suspect fatally shot a Minnesota woman, whose identity has not yet been released to the public.
By Christopher Floch and Casey Jacobs