Daily Bruin issues correction, trashes tweets describing UCLA gunman as 6-foot-tall ‘white male’

Daily Bruin issues correction, trashes tweets describing UCLA gunman as 6-foot-tall ‘white male’

The Daily Bruin, UCLA’s official school newspaper, issued a correction Thursday for describing the shooter in a murder-suicide on campus as a six-foot-tall “white male” before authorities ultimately determined Mainak Sarkar was the gunman.

In a statement issued around 1:30 p.m. on the paper’s Twitter page, The Bruin acknowledged that it had “tweeted descriptions of the shooter that ultimately proved incorrect”.

According to the statement, the Daily Bruin staff relied heavily on police scanners for information as the shooting unfolded, “a source that can often be unreliable”.

“Throughout the rest of the lockdown and the school day, we reported only what we confirmed with law enforcement and UCLA officials”, the statement added.

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