Los Angeles, Jun 1: Hours after the gunfire being shot in the prestigious University of California in Los Angeles on Thursday, in which two men have died, Mayor Eric Garcetti has said that the situation is under control and has thanked UCLA community for showing the extraordinary grace and calm during the traumatic situation.
Addressing the press conference, Garcetti said, “My thought and prayers go out to all those affected by what appears to have been a murder-suicide on UCLA campus. This horrific event, at an institution dedicated to learning and mutual understanding, reminds us once again of the fragility of a peaceful society. Thankfully, the campus is safe now — but I am heartbroken now at at the sight SWAT teams running down the campus avenues normally filled with students, and angered by the fear that one person with a firearm can inflict on a community. I want to commend the entire UCLA community for its extraordinary grace and calm on a traumatic morning.” ALSO READ: UCLA campus shooting: Murder-suicide triggers lockdown at California campus
Though the attackers are still on the run, Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck had said that the perpetrators will soon be arrested and it has also been informed that US President Barack Obama has asked his officials to keep him updated. According to eye-witnesses suspected shooter was wearing a white man, wearing black pants and black shirt. Soon after the gunfire, state police, SWAT teams and federal agencies took the charge and have neutralised the situation.
As per the information, the shootings began on Wednesday morning at 10 AM, as per local time. Soon after it the varsity campus was locked down until noon, till it was announced safe. All the classes and exams were cancelled for the day. Informing the current situation, Beck said, “At about 10:00 this morning a homicide and a suicide occurred in the engineering facility… Of the UCLA campus on the south side. It appears it is entirely contained. There is evidence there could be a suicide note but we don’t know at this point.” High-alert has been issued and the is being guarded by the security personnel.
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