(FOX 11) - Hectic moments on campus for students and teachers who were worried that at any moment a shooter might come in to their classroom. The biggest issue, they say, is their classroom doors wouldn't lock.
"I was on was on my way to class when police officers said get out of the building get out of the building," student Jessa Becker said.
"My friends, they’re just cowering down, making sure their lights were off," freshman student Eshan Kumar said.
"You never expect it to happen right on the campus where you are," Dr. Mario PIcazo, a professor who normally works out of the building were police say the shots were fired in an apparent murder-suicide involving a professor and a student.
The shots rang out in Boelter Hall shortly before 10:00 a.m. (The south side of campus).
On the north side of campus, Shawndeez Jadalizadeh and Frankie Masi were in English class when they got the alert.
"We had a problem because apparently the doors don’t lock. It’s an old building so that was a huge issue. It was very unsafe," Jadalizadeh said.
"At one point we got in the farthest corner in the room. We turned all the lights off and stopped talking because that scenario runs in your head over and over again," Masi said.
The students worked together to pile a podium on top of a table and used a belt to secure the door in an effort to keep a possible shooter out. that scene played out in other classrooms.
Felipe Abejon took a photo of desks piled on top of each other in another classroom in an effort to stop a shooter.
Angel Ordaz says one of the students in his class started to have a panic attack.
"I was thinking to protect the people who were more scared than me. there was one girl who was incredibly frightened," Ordaz said.
In response to being questioned about the lack of locks on doors a university spokesman said their looking into it.
"We are constantly reviewing security measures across campus and we will certainly continue doing that following this incident and locks are an issue we will explore," university spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said.
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