In light of the shooting that affected the UCLA campus earlier today, Long Beach police and Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) officials reiterated their commitment to citywide safety and existing protocols aimed at deterring gun violence.
Today’s incident took place in an office of an engineering building at UCLA. Officials said they believe that a “professor was shot by someone young enough to be a student, who then turned the gun on themselves,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officials said no credible link between the shooting, which the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) suspects is a murder-suicide, and Long Beach.
“We have no information of any connectivity or a credible threat to Long Beach pertaining to the incident at UCLA,” said LBPD Spokesman Bradley Johnson. “The Police Department remains in close communication with our local and federal partners in order to maintain situational awareness.”
Cal State Long Beach spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp called the incident a “terrible tragedy” and revisited CSULB protocol aimed at eliminating any possibility of gun violence.
“We hope that it never happens on our campus,” said Uhlenkamp. “We do have a very robust series of protocols to address an active shooter incident. The University Police Department (UPD) is very versed in these protocols and conducts drills on a routine basis. Additionally, the officers are continually training to make sure they are up-to-date with the latest information about how to maintain the safety of the campus in this type of incident.”
Uhlenkamp noted the University Police Department (UPD) also offers training to student groups and departments on how to act and remain safe if an active shooting incident does occur.
CSULB experienced two incidents that alarmed students this year, each pertaining to the presence of a knife on campus and questionable intent sported by the weapon wielder. However, no shootings have ever occurred on the CSULB campus, according to Uhlenkamp.
The LBPD urged individuals who observe any suspicious activity to follow the philosophy of “See Something Say Something” and report the issue of concern.