UNLV Active Shooter Suspect Is College Professor, Reports Say

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A career college professor is the active shooter accused of opening fire and killing three people at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus, otherwise known as UNLV, on December 6, according to CNN.

The suspect is now dead, Las Vegas Metropolitan police wrote on X. According to CNN, the suspect is “a 67-year-old career college professor with connections to colleges in Georgia and North Carolina,” but it’s not clear whether he had any tie to UNLV.

According to the Associated Press, though, the professor “unsuccessfully sought a job at the school.”

“There’s no further threat,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill said in a brief news conference. “We do have one suspect down. Of course, we have no idea of the motive. There are a number of victims who have been transported to area hospitals.”

McMahill later said in an evening press conference that authorities know the name of the suspect but aren’t releasing it yet. Three of the victims are confirmed deceased; a fourth victim suffered a gunshot wound and is in stable condition, he said. Four other people were taken to hospitals suffering from panic attacks. Two officers had minor injuries, according to McMahill.

According to McMahill, students were playing games and eating food; there were tables set up to build LEGO when the shooter showed up. He said a “heroic” officer prevented additional lives from being lost.

McMahill called the mass shooting a “heinous and unforgivable crime.” Adam Garcia, the university police chief, said in the press conference that two officers engaged the suspect in a “shootout.”

Video showed armed police on a campus roof.

Here’s what you need to know:

UNLV Said There Were Active Shooting Reports at Beam Hall & the Student Union

In their initial statement, police wrote: “#BREAKING 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.”

In addition to Beam Hall, the university said shots were fired at the student union, writing, “University Police responding to additional report of shots fired in the Student Union, evacuate the area, RUN-HIDE-FIGHT.” They also wrote, “University Police responding to confirmed active shooter in BEH. This is not a test. RUN-HIDE-FIGHT.”

“The suspect has been located and is deceased,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Police wrote on X. The suspect’s name, motive and any affiliation to campus was not released as the situation was still unfolding.

Shortly before that post, the police wrote, “The suspect is contained. This is an active investigation. Please continue to avoid the area and watch for responding emergency units.”

Police announced that they will hold a press conference on the afternoon of December 6.

A Student Said the Active Shooter Was in the Business Building

A student described to ABC News how a window was “shot through.” She said the shooter was in the business building on the second floor. The business building is Beam Hall.

UNLV wrote, “Please shelter in place. This remains an active investigation. The suspect has been contained, according to police.”

Around 1:30 p.m. on the west coast, UNLV wrote, “Continue to shelter-in-place. Police Services continues to respond and clear buildings systematically. UNLV and all NSHE institutions statewide are closed for the remainder of the night. All classes and events are canceled.”

Adam Garcia, vice president and director of university police services, said in the news briefing that “we received a call of an active shooter event at 11:45 this morning.” Officers immediately responded and engaged the suspect, he said. “The suspect at this point is deceased. We do not have any information on any potential victims at this point.” The entire southern Nevada system of public campuses is closed out of caution, he said.

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