The incident happened after 2pm near a smoking area behind the Super Silly Fun Land water playground.
At the same time, many Universal visitors started posting to Twitter and other social media that they were being kept inside the gift shop at the exit of the adjacent Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride due to a person with a gun in the vicinity.
@ABC7 @KTLA @myfoxla @ABC7Danny @ABC7Ellen @ABC7Leticia #universalstudios #hollywood man with a gun!!! ???? pic.twitter.com/FbNaPKghxT— doorpimp27 (@roneeb27) April 3, 2015
Universal team members reacted swiftly, distributing water, answering questions and tending to guests who were being kept from moving within the area around the shooting until it was secured.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the man's ex-girlfriend works at the park, had a restraining order against him, and reported him to security when she saw him in the park. A sheriff's deputy and park security approached the man, who then pulled out the gun and shot himself. It appears that the man was carrying the gun in his waistband or a back pocket, and it was not seen at the bag check point when he entered the park.
Like most major theme parks, Universal Studios has a bag check outside its front gate. However, it's just a bag check, not a body check. Universal recently installed metal detectors in the queue of its Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida, to prevent visitors from bringing loose objects onto that ride, but it does not routinely use metal detectors to screen visitors entering its parks during normal operations. Metal detectors have been used at certain special events, including past Halloween Horror Nights, according to visitors.
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I wish they would check people for weapons instead of outside food.
It would have made more sense if he did this outside Disaster not....Oh Dissoluble me is not too bad also.
Anyone who does this is a spineless fool... I understand some folks are so depressed and see no other way out, but killing yourself hard on others...
Don't Pity the dead, Pity the living.
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