(DCWatchdog.com) – A shooting at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas has claimed three lives, leaving a fourth person injured, with the shooter, who initial reports claim was a 67-year-old college professor, shot dead by the police.
The shooting at UNLV occurred shortly before noon on Wednesday.
A statement released on social media platform X, approximately two hours after reports of an active shooter at the university, conveyed the police’s knowledge of the situation.
“Right now, we know there are 3 victims, but unknown extent of the injuries,” the post said.
Details regarding the identity and condition of the victims remain undisclosed, and it is still uncertain whether the suspect was neutralized by police action or died by suicide, Reuters reports, cited by Newsmax.
Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters Wednesday evening that the gunman’s identity wouldn’t be made public before his family was informed about his death.
However, law enforcement sources told CNN that the shooter was a 67-year-old “career college professor” who taught in North Carolina and Georgia.
It is unknown if he had any connection to UNLV.
UNLV Professor Vincent Perez recounted his experience of the incident to MSNBC via phone.
“I would say just seven, eight shots, one after another, loud and very loud. As soon as we heard that, we ran back inside and we realized this is a real shooting, and there’s an active shooter on campus,” Perez said.
Earlier communications on X indicated that the shooting was reported near Beam Hall, a building on campus that includes the business school. Another post from campus police mentioned reports of gunfire in the Student Union.
“The suspect has been located and is deceased,” the Las Vegas police announced on X about 30 minutes after the first shooting reports.
UNLV, situated less than two miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, has approximately 25,000 undergraduates and 8,000 postgraduate and doctoral students.
Sheriff McMahill observed the profound impact of the incident on students, drawing a parallel to the emotional aftermath experienced by individuals following the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas.
That event, where a gunman fired into a music festival from a hotel window, remains the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in U.S. history, with sixty fatalities and hundreds injured.
In response to the unfolding situation in Las Vegas, the White House in Washington expressed its vigilance, stating it was closely monitoring developments.