Three killed after ‘professor’ goes on Nevada college shooting rampage

Police say gunman was quickly confronted and shot dead by officers after violence unfolded at UNLV

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Thursday 07 December 2023 15:58 GMT

Police respond to shooting at University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus

Three people are dead and one victim remains hospitalised in stable condition after a shooting on a Las Vegas college campus.

Police said that the suspected gunman was killed by responding officers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, after the shooting on Wednesday.

According to CNN, the suspect is a 67-year-old career college professor. Citing law enforcement sources, the outlet reported that the suspect has connections with schools in Georgia and North Carolina, but it is unknown what connection the suspect had with UNLV.

The suspect had begun firing on the fourth floor of Beam Hall, where the business school is located, and made his way outside where two campus police officers engaged and shot him dead, say officials.

Officials say that four people were transported to hospital after suffering panic attacks, and two officers suffered minor injuries searching the “vast rooms and buildings” on the campus.

“No student should have to fear pursuing their dreams on a university campus. What happened today was a heinous and unforgivable crime but it is something we train for every day,” said sheriff Kevin McMahill on Wednesday night.

Law enforcement officers head into the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus after reports of an active shooter

The sheriff praised the “seamless” law enforcement response and said that the death toll could have been significantly higher without it as students were playing games and eating lunch near the scene.

The sheriff said that they had identified the suspect but would not be releasing his name until next of kin had been contacted.

“I would like to reiterate to all of you that there is no more ongoing threat to our community here in Las Vegas,” he said.

“I would also like to tell you that we do know the identity of the suspect in this case, but I will not be releasing his name tonight until after the next of kin notification.”

Earlier sheriff McMahill told a press conference that investigators “have no idea on the motive” for the shooting, which took place just days before students went home to their families for the Christmas break.

Officials are not yet releasing any information about any victims of the shooting, according to Adam Garcia, the director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Police Services.

“What I can tell you as well is that the entire Nevada System of Higher Education in Southern Nevada, campuses are all closed on an abundance of caution,” he said.

“There is no threat to any other campus but we are doing this out of an abundance of caution.”

Following the shooting, the university, which has an enrolment of more than 30,000 students on its 332-acre campus east of the famed Las Vegas Strip, asked people to remain sheltered in place until told to move by police.

State police officers head to the University of Nevada

“Police ask that you continue to please shelter in place. Police are evacuating buildings one at a time. This remains an active investigation. The suspect has been contained,” UNLV stated on X.

The first reports of the shooting came in at 11.59am PST on Wednesday, and police initially responded to Beam Hall.

“We are responding to preliminary reports of an #ActiveShooter on the campus of UNLV near BEAM Hall. There appears to be multiple victims at this time. Please avoid the area and we will have more information soon,” stated Las Vegas Metro Police Department on X on Wednesday.

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