The students I talked to spoke of adrenaline,fear, of course,but also confusion and conjecture.They were concerned and upset that they were subjected to ''trauma'' unnecessarily, since they were locked down without specifics, wondering if a gunman or gunmen was killing people on their campus.
With cell phones blazing, information and misinformation spreading, it's easy to imagine the discomfort and worry and uncertainty as the whole campus was on lockdown.
In hindsight of course we now know that it was ''only'' a murder-suicide, details TBA, rather than a random gunman spraying rounds throughout the campus. And if you look at the time it took for the massive and impressive law enforcement responders to do their job, from about 9:50 am to 12: 20 pm, that isn't long.
The UCLA Campus is more than 400 acres, the Westwood Village is right there, clearing that huge space is not something you do quickly when you're not sure if there are gunmen there. We learned that there is a huge army of law enforcement available for incidents like this, we also learned the more accurate information that can be dispenses as early as possible will help keep people calm.
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