Thanks to a phone call and training, five employees quicklyevacuated the University Credit Union branch near a shooting that claimed the lives of two men on UCLA's campusWednesday morning.

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Just minutes before the campus was placed on lockdown, thebranch manager's brother who works at UCLA heard about the shootingand called UCU's UCLA branch in the Ackerman Student Union, whichis about 400 feet from the university's engineering building wherethe apparent murder-suicide took place.

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Relying on their training, the employees quickly locked up thebranch and left in an employee's car. They drove to a nearbyparking lot at a shopping mall where they met Branch Manager JulioMacias, who was off-campus at the time of the incident. Theemployees then drove to UCU's main office on Sepulveda Boulevard inLos Angeles.

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“A few of them were shaken up,” UCU Vice President of Marketingand Communications Sara Stern said.

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In February, Macias and Stern attended an active shooter seminarthat was held at the UCLA campus by LAPD and UCLA police.

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The seminar was held in response to the San Bernardino terroristattack that killed 14 people and seriously injured 22 others lastDecember.

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Through a video presentation, police explained what peopleshould do in a lockdown situation, how to evacuate an area and howto keep safe.

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“The video training led to a very good discussion about how tohandle an active shooter on campus,” Stern said. “So that's why weended up developing a plan of what we needed to do to evacuate fromcampus, where they (employees) would go, and what would happenafterward.”

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Because the lockdown was lifted, Stern said the campus branchreopened in the afternoon and the staff would distribute water andcookies to anyone who was on campus.

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“This was an unfortunate situation that happened, but due togood training, our staff remained safe and made good decisions,”Stern said. “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims inthis senseless situation. UCU will step up to help in any waypossible for the university and community to make sure that webecome a resource to anyone who needs us.”

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Shortly before 10 a.m., initial reports came in that shots werefired and two men were dead inside the engineering building. At thetime, police were uncertain if a shooter was loose on campus,according to local media reports.

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Hundreds of officers from several law enforcement agenciesflooded the campus in search of a possible gunman or gunmen.Authorities locked down the campus. Nearby middle and elementaryschools were also placed on lockdown, local media outletsreported.

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By noon, the LAPD reported the shooting appeared to be amurder-suicide and a note was found. Police did not say whether itwas a suicide note, according to local media reports.

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