It seems like no time at all that we were shocked and saddened to hear the reports of the San Bernardino shooting, and now another major shooting incident has taken place in California, this time at the UCLA campus.
Details are still coming in about the incident, but social media has been a major source of information, with the issue trending in a "live" form on Facebook and constant updates from the school, school newspaper and police organizations on Twitter. Here's what's been said so far.
The student newspaper, The Daily Bruin, broke the news of a reported shooting at the Engineering IV building just before 10 a.m. this morning.
Shooting reported at Engineering IV at #UCLA. Go to a secure location and deny entry.— Daily Bruin (@dailybruin) June 1, 2016
Within 30 minutes, it was confirmed that there were two shooting victims.
Police confirming two shooting victims at UCLA. Campus remains on lockdown. Watch for updates. https://t.co/r6LoVO24Ig— UCLA Newsroom (@UCLAnewsroom) June 1, 2016
Alleged details of the shooter's appearance were tweeted.
Shooter is described as a white male about 6 feet tall, according to sources.— Daily Bruin (@dailybruin) June 1, 2016
Shooter is wearing a black jacket and black pants, according to police. #UCLA— Daily Bruin (@dailybruin) June 1, 2016
The LAPD released an official statement on all their social media channels, confirming that they responded to several calls of shots fired on the UCLA campus, two male victims had suffered gunshot wounds but providing no confirmation that any suspects had been found.
As people watched the tragedy unfold on social media, one student on lockdown within the campus sent an incredibly powerful image to her father.
Other pictures taken by the public were reassuring: students being escorted from the campus by police officers.
LAPD clearing all buildings and students coming out calmly during this frightening situation at UCLA pic.twitter.com/s80VfLRiP5— Tara Wallis (@tarawallis) June 1, 2016
Meanwhile, law enforcement units continued to arrive, and it was reported that officers were wearing helmets and bulletproof vests.
Street full of every kind of police unit at UCLA; more arriving. Officers gearing up with bulletproof vests, helmets pic.twitter.com/8CGdw77OoE— Claudia Koerner (@ClaudiaKoerner) June 1, 2016
UCLA alumni shared their disbelief that this was happening.
I went to UCLA, my wife went to UCLA, both my parents went to UCLA. Unfathomable that a place I've considered so safe could experience this.— Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) June 1, 2016
Inevitably, much of the conversation on social media focused on America's gun laws.
Another shooting!? SOO... when are we gonna change these gun laws people?? Sending my thoughts and prayers to everyone at @UCLA.— Chelsea Briggs (@Chelsea_Briggs) June 1, 2016
LAPD confirmed that the two shooting victims were dead, and that they were looking at a possible murder suicide.
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