UPDATE: Two people shot, killed at UCLA; campus on lockdown

People on campus are being asked to take shelter in buildings & to stay away from windows.

University of California Los Angeles. Picture: UCLA Website.

LOS ANGELES - At least two people have been shot and killed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on Wednesday, police and campus officials said, drawing a phalanx of police cruisers to the scene and prompting officials to lock down the campus.



"Police are investigating a shooting in Engineering IV. Police are on the scene and report that there are two victims," UCLA's office of media relations said in an online posting, referring to a building that is part of UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.

"The campus remains on lockdown."

Earlier, the shooting was reported by the university's media relations section on Twitter.

The tweet said the shooter was reported to be at Boelter Hall, part of the university's school of engineering and applied science.

Students and people on campus are being asked to take shelter in buildings and to stay away from windows.

The FBI are on the scene and police are searching for the shooter who is apparently still at large.

Bioengineering student Bahjat Alirani said police were yelling at people to run from the scene.

"I was in Boelter Hall to take a final and I exit the staircase to see SWAT-looking police yelling at everyone to evacuate immediately," Alirani told Reuters. "I check my email and BruinAlert had immediately sent an email to all students notifying them of a shooter in the engineering building."

UCLA is in the Westwood section of Los Angeles and one of the more well-regarded schools in the University of California system, known for its successful sports program.

A representative from the UCLA police division could not be reached to confirm any further details.