Brazil's Copa America training base moved after deadly UCLA shooting

A Los Angeles Metro Police officer stands watch on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus after it was placed on lockdown following reports of a shooter in Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016 © Patrick T. Fallon
The Brazilian football team moved their Copa America training base from UCLA after a deadly shooting rocked the campus before the team’s training session on Wednesday afternoon.

Two people were killed in what was described by the Los Angeles police department as a homicide, followed by a suicide in the engineering building.

Brazilian Football Confederation (BFC) spokesman Douglas Lunardi said the players were at their hotel when the shooting occurred.

The team later trained at the StubHub Center, home of the LA Galaxy, 20 miles away from UCLA, without midfielder Kaka, who was withdrawn from the squad due to a muscular injury and been replaced by Sao Paolo star Ganso (Paulo Henrique).

This latest security scare comes after increased measures were revealed by major Copa America locations in Orlando and Massachusetts, with both the Camping World Stadium and Gillette Stadium establishing strict bag searching protocols (or in Orlando’s case - no bags at all), phone and camera screening processes and fencing for crowd control.

With the Copa America one of the largest football events outside the World Cup, no stone has been left unturned with security just six months after the Paris attacks last November sparked global concerns over sporting events becoming a major target for terrorism.

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