Research 1 — The Los Angeles Times

Summary

At 10 AM on the morning of June 1, 2016, a murder-suicide occurred on the University of California, Los Angeles campus that shocked the entire city. While the shooter was in the school, thousands of people, faculty, and students received texts or heard gunshots that sent them running for shelter, scared for everyone’s safety.

According to The New York Times (U.C.L.A. Shooting Was Murder-Suicide, Police Say), the campus was on lockdown all morning until the Los Angeles Police Department could confirm the gunman had killed himself.

The victim of the shooting was William S. Klug, according to Alan Garfinkel, an integrative biology and physiology professor, who was told by LAPD.

Later, according to the Los Angeles Times, the gunman, Mainak Sarkar, age 38, left a list at home that included more victims, although he only shot Klug. He claimed Klug had stolen his computer code and giving it to someone else.

Charlie Beck, the LAPD chief said, “A homicide and a suicide occurred. It appears it is entirely contained. We believe there are no suspects outstanding and no continuing threat to U.C.L.A.’s campus.” Not only the LAPD, but the university police, the F.B.I. and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the incident.

REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters

As the campus went into lockdown, the scene was chaotic and people ran everywhere, while some students were locked out of their dorm. All the classes were canceled that day, since finals were around the corner, but as normal school activities resumed the next day, plenty of counselors were available.

Christine Armario/Associated Press
Christine Armario/Associated Press

Analysis

Although this piece is purely news and does not cover the reason behind the shooting, it does prove that even in a state such as California where gun control laws are prevalent than states in the Midwest and South, gun restrictions and regulations are still not where they could be. This will be a great addition to the advocacy project, because it shows that even in a nice neighborhood such as Westwood, problems that many people associate with lower-class neighborhoods and schools can actually occur anywhere. While is a more recent piece that occurs close to home, there are many school shootings every year, not only the more infamous ones such as Sandy Hook or Columbine. This piece does a good job of presenting all the facts, but it was the pieces that came after that truly analyzed school shootings in a more in depth light.

Justification

Being The New York Times, the article already comes with a certain amount of credibility, knowing that they have most likely reviewed this story plenty of times before publishing. Since this was a large scale event that was broadcast across the nation and not an investigative piece, there is no reason to think the author would have fabricated the story. There were three writers on the byline, thus insuring that there were multiple checks of everything from sources to grammar. None of the sources here are anonymous either, with quotes from the LAPD chief, professors at UCLA, students, and the executive vice-chancellor. The embedded tweets also add another level of evidence, besides being a visual tool.

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