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In what began as an ordinary day at UCLA’s Westwood campus turned to panic Wednesday shortly before 10 a.m. when shots rang out in the engineering building.
Students didn’t hesitate when they were told to run to safety, but they ran into a problem when they tried to barricade themselves in classrooms and offices — they couldn’t lock the doors.
So they resorted to makeshift means using belts and chairs. Student and staff also used whatever was available to arm themselves — UCLA is a gun-free zone.
Clip via KTLA.
The initial shooting prompted what the university calls a “Bruin alert,” telling everyone via text message to avoid the area of disturbance and hunker down wherever you are.
“It was just a little surreal — this is actually happening,” Olivia Cabadas, a 22-year-old nursing student said, according to Fox News. “It was chaos.”
And that’s when they found that many of the doors wouldn’t lock and those inside had to resort to makeshift devices.
“We kept our eye on the door. We knew that somebody eventually could come,” said Umar Rehman, 21, who was in a math sciences classroom adjacent to the engineering building where the shooting took place.
So they used a crowbar and a belt to keep the door closed.
Two hours later LAPD Chief Charlie Beck declared the scene clear in what appeared to be a murder-suicide — a student was upset about a grade he’d received from Professor William S. Klug, 39.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 1, 2016
So he took it out on Klug before turning the gun on himself.
The gunman was not identified except as a male graduate student who was “despondent” over his grades.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) June 1, 2016
UCLA biology and chemistry Professor Charles Knobler described Klug as “a very lively, lovable, likable guy” and said everyone is in shock at his murder.
Klug was the father of two small children and a Little League coach.
Classes were cancelled for the remainder of Wednesday but are expected to resume Thursday — except for the engineering department where classes are expected to be closed all week.
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