Students Post Messages, Images From UCLA Lockdown

The shooting deaths of two men in an apparent murder-suicide prompted a lockdown on the UCLA campus that was documented by students on social media.

The shooting occurred in Boelter Hall on the Westwood campus, which was swarmed by hundreds of officers during a search for a possible shooter. Police later said there was no threat to the campus.

News of the shooting at the engineering lab quickly spread through social media, as the UCLA Bruin Alert system alerted students to first avoid the area at Engineering Building 4 and then promoted them to lockdown.

Students and professors on campus took to social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram to show locking mechanisms they made themselves. Student Carrie Rapaport tweeted she used her belt to secure down a door, while Pranasha Shrestha improvised a locking mechanism with chairs and water bottles.

Twitter user Scott Strazzante tweeted images of his daughter who took poignant black and white shots of students while on lockdown.

Classes and events on the campus have been canceled for the rest of the day.

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