Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.
According to reports, the individual responsible for a mass shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where three people were killed and one was injured, has been identified as a former college professor. The perpetrator had reportedly applied for a position at the university but was not accepted.
Police sources confirmed to news outlets The Associated Press, CNN, and NBC News that the individual in question is Anthony Polito, a 67-year-old man who had previously applied for a position at the school without success.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:45am on Wednesday morning when shots were fired at Beam Hall, which houses the Lee Business School at the college.
The students, faculty, and staff were alerted to a potential danger of an “active shooter” and took shelter in their respective classrooms and offices.
Three unnamed individuals were fatally injured, while a fourth was hospitalized and is currently in stable condition.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police reported that the shooter was killed by officers who responded to the scene.
During a press conference, Sheriff Kevin McMahill stated that multiple individuals experienced panic attacks and several officers received medical treatment for minor injuries.
The perpetrator has been identified as Anthony Polito, a 67-year-old professor.
According to reports, the individual responsible for a mass shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which resulted in the death of three individuals and injury of a fourth, has been identified as a career college professor. The individual had reportedly applied for a job at the university, but was not accepted.
According to sources from law enforcement, Anthony Polito, age 67, has been identified as the suspect by The Associated Press, CNN, and NBC News. He had previously applied for a job at the school, but was not successful.
What is the severity of gun violence in the US?
CNN’s analysis reveals that the recent shooting at UNLV on Wednesday is the 80th school shooting in the United States this year.
According to the source, there have been a total of 51 reported shootings on K-12 campuses and 29 on university and college campuses. This number includes the most recent shooting at UNLV in Las Vegas.
During his speech, Mr. Biden pointed out that in 2023, the nation had faced over 600 incidents of mass shootings and around 40,000 fatalities caused by gun violence.
He stated that this is not acceptable and we must not allow it to become the norm.
The president of UNLV has released a statement in response to the shooting on campus.
Keith Whitfield, the president of UNLV, has issued a statement in response to a shooting that occurred on campus resulting in three fatalities and one injury.
The shooting was described by Mr. Whitfield as “senseless” and he expressed gratitude towards emergency services, students, and staff for their efforts in ensuring the safety of others.
“I am deeply saddened to inform you of a shooting that occurred earlier today on our campus, our beloved home,” the statement read on Wednesday. “We are all in shock as we try to comprehend this unimaginable tragedy. Some members of our community have lost their lives and others have been injured. My heart goes out to our UNLV family. I know that we are all sending love and support to the victims, their families, and friends during this challenging time.”
He stated, “We will always keep the memory of those we lost and those who were wounded alive and show them respect. I am mourning for the individuals affected by today’s irrational shooting, and my heart aches for the numerous students, faculty, staff, parents, loved ones, and community members who endured hours of distressing uncertainty while law enforcement ensured the safety and protection of our campus once more.”
“During this crisis, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has shown strength and resilience. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are coming together to support each other. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to not feel okay during these difficult times. If you need assistance, do not hesitate to ask for it. You are a valued member of our community and together, we will get through this.”
The campus, located approximately two miles from the renowned Las Vegas Strip, will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
After the shooting, students at UNLV are expressing that they no longer feel safe on campus.
Students at UNLV have shared their shock and fear following a shooting on campus that resulted in the death of three individuals and the injury of a fourth.
According to authorities, the perpetrator, who is a 67-year-old professor at the college, opened fire on students inside Beam Hall, the building that houses the Lee Business School.
Shainna Alipon, a student studying journalism, informed ABC7 that she heard the sound of gunshots coming from the adjacent Student Union Building.
“We descended the staircase of the building in order to escape, but as we were walking down, we heard even more gunfire. I exclaimed, ‘Oh my gosh, I hope the shooter doesn’t come to the building where we are.'”
“My editor-in-chief helped me come back to reality. He asked to borrow my phone so we could record what was happening since we are members of the press. I quickly realized that he was right and began taking more videos and talking to others to make sure they were okay and get their perspective. This was the first time it really hit me – I am a journalist and this is my job,” Ms. Alipon explained.
In the meantime, Tinio, a resident of Hercules, California, expressed to ABC that he no longer feels secure while on campus.
He expressed feeling unsafe and concerned about the upcoming finals, as they are expected to be conducted in-person.
This situation fills me with fear for what lies ahead, as it seems to be approaching rapidly and affecting not just me, but also my loved ones and family.
View: Law enforcement officers react to gunfire at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.
Law enforcement officials are attending to a firearm incident at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.
The police are unsure of the motive behind the shooting.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department sheriff Kevin McMahill stated that the police are unaware of the motive behind the shooting.
He stated that we will continue this investigation late into the night without a doubt.
“I understand that you, like me, have an unquenchable curiosity to discover the reasons behind things and to comprehend what drives people. We will give you that information when the time is right.”
The police have not disclosed the name of the shooter, however, it has been confirmed that he is a 67-year-old professor who had previously applied for a job at the University of Nevada, but was not hired.
Authorities are currently inspecting the residence of the suspect and have confiscated his mobile device and professional documents in hopes of finding potential evidence regarding the motive behind the assault.
Joe Biden addresses the recent shootings in Nevada and Texas.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden addressed the shooting at a university in Las Vegas with the following statements:
Yesterday, a gunman in Austin and San Antonio caused the deaths of at least six people and injured many others, resulting in devastated families and permanently altered communities. Most recently, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas was also targeted by a terrible act of gun violence, and the community is still waiting for details on the number of casualties.
Jill and I stand with citizens throughout our country in offering prayers for the families of those who lost their lives and for the individuals who were harmed in these recent incidents of irrational violence. We are also appreciative of the brave efforts of law enforcement, who put themselves at risk to put an end to these fatal shooting incidents. Federal law enforcement agents are currently collaborating with state and local authorities in both states, and I have instructed that all essential assistance be given to aid in the investigations and support these communities.
In just this year, our country has faced over 600 incidents of mass shootings and around 40,000 fatalities caused by guns. This is not a regular occurrence, and we must never allow it to become one.
Since I became President, we have taken significant steps to address the ongoing issue of gun violence. However, the severity of this epidemic calls for even greater action. Yet, without the support of Congress, we are limited in what we can do. It is crucial that Republican lawmakers work together with Democrats to pass legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implementing a national red flag law, establishing universal background checks, mandating safe storage of firearms, and promoting other sensible measures to reduce gun violence.
“We must work together to prevent gun violence from tearing apart families and communities like Austin, San Antonio, and Las Vegas.”
Police responded to a shooting at a campus in Las Vegas, as shown in photos.
The police will not disclose the identity of the suspect until the next of kin have been notified.
On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced that they have identified the perpetrator responsible for the shooting at a university campus. However, they will not disclose the information until the families of the victims have been notified.
Sheriff Kevin McMahill stated during a press conference that there is currently no further threat to the Las Vegas community.
I would like to inform you that we have identified the suspect in this case. However, I will not disclose their name tonight. I will wait until the next of kin has been notified.
A Democratic Senator criticizes Republicans for preventing a gun law from passing, just hours before a shooting at UNLV.
Democratic lawmaker Chris Murphy has criticized Republicans for preventing the approval of a firearm legislation, shortly before the shooting incident at the University of Nevada.
“On X, I requested my colleagues to approve my bill for universal background checks for firearms. This measure has the support of 90% of the American population and could potentially save numerous lives. However, it was blocked by Republicans. Sadly, just three hours later, a mass shooting occurred at UNLV. This tragic event could have been prevented.”