Las Vegas campus shooting leaves three victims; suspect also dead

December 7, 2023 9:30 am

[Source: Reuters]

A shooting on the main campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, claimed at least three victims before the bloodshed ended with the suspect dead, authorities said.

In a message posted to the social media platform X about two hours after responding to reports of an active shooter at the school, police said: “Right now, we know there are 3 victims, but unknown extent of the injuries.”

Authorities have not identified the victims nor have they elaborated on their conditions. It also remained unclear whether the suspect was shot dead by police or committed suicide.

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Vincent Perez, a professor at the school, known by its initials UNLV, told MSNBC by phone that he had heard a lot of gunfire before taking cover on campus.

Official details of the incident remained sketchy.

After receiving a call reporting an active shooter on campus, law enforcement officers “immediately responded and engaged the suspect,” university police spokesperson Adam Garcia said at the briefing. “The suspect is deceased,” he added

Sheriff Kevin McMahill of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said there was no longer any threat to the community, but the main UNLV campus and other branches of the university were being closed for the day “out of an abundance of caution.”

Officers were still searching through each building on the sprawling grounds to ensure “we don’t have additional victims or subjects,” the sheriff said.

Police said earlier on X that shots had been reported around Beam Hall, a campus building that houses the business school and other facilities. In a separate post, campus police said there was an additional report of shots fired in the Student Union.

The first reports of the incident surfaced around noon, and within about a half hour Las Vegas police reported: “The suspect has been located and is deceased.”

The UNLV campus, located less than two miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, has a student enrollment of some 25,000 undergraduates and 8,000 post-graduates and doctoral candidates.

The sheriff said students on the campus appeared to have been badly shaken, as were people in the aftermath of a mass shooting in 2017, when a gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel window onto a music festival below along the Las Vegas Strip. Sixty people were killed and hundreds more were wounded in what still ranks as the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history.

In Washington, the White House said it was monitoring the situation in Las Vegas on Wednesday.