Las Vegas Shooting, three individuals were murdered and one person was injured in a shooting on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.
Las Vegas Shooting: 3 killed at UNLV
Police reported Wednesday evening that the suspect was slain by officers who responded to the location and that there was no ongoing threat to the community.
At a news conference Wednesday evening, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill stated that the police knew the identity of the suspect but would not reveal his name until the families of the victims were notified.
Two law enforcement sources informed CBS News that the gunman, described as a white male in his sixties, was a former college professor who had previously taught in Georgia and North Carolina.
McMahill had previously stated that authorities did not know the suspect’s motive.
McMahill said the first call about the active shooter came around 11:45 a.m. local time, and metropolitan and university police responded immediately, shooting and killing the gunman outside of Beam Hall. The gunfire began on the building’s fourth floor.
Aside from the three victims who were slain, one person was taken to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound. McMahill stated that the individual was in stable condition. Four more persons were sent to the hospital after having panic attacks.
McMahill said two police officers were injured while investigating the campus’s dorms and buildings for more victims.
McMahill stated that there was a gathering outside Beam Hall during the incident that comprised individuals eating and assembling Lego sets together. He said that if responding officers had not “raced to the campus” within minutes and engaged in armed contact, many more people would have died.
“No student should have to fear pursuing their dreams on a college campus,” McMahill added, describing the act as “a heinous, unforgivable crime.”
According to trauma medical director Chris Fisher, Sunrise Hospital Trauma Centre reported on Wednesday afternoon that it had received three victims from the shooting.
inside an afternoon news conference, Clark County Fire Chief John C. Steinbeck announced the opening of a reunion center for families unable to contact their loved ones inside the campus’ North Hall.
According to a federal law enforcement official, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were responding and assisting the Metropolitan Police Department with the investigation.
UNLV will remain closed for the week, and further decisions on whether it will reopen on Monday will be made, campus police chief Adam Garcia said at an evening press conference.
In a statement issued Wednesday, President Biden acknowledged the shooting and asked for action to address “the epidemic of gun violence we face.”
“Just hours ago, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas became the latest college campus to be terrorized by a horrific act of gun violence,” Mr. Biden said in a statement that also mentioned shootings in Austin and San Antonio, Texas.
“Despite all of the steps we’ve taken since I became President, the epidemic of gun violence demands that we do even more.” But we can’t accomplish anything without Congress,” Mr. Biden wrote, encouraging Republican members to support a ban on assault weapons and universal background checks, among other things.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman described the news as “tragic and heartbreaking.”
“Praying for everyone on campus as law enforcement responds to the situation,” she said in a statement.
Brian Sandoval, president of the University of Nevada, said it was “an unimaginably sad and shocking day for our entire state.”
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the many victims of this tragedy.” “We are all Rebels today and in the days ahead,” Sandoval posted on social media.