Las Vegas shooting: 3 dead at UNLV, suspect dead, police say

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Three people were killed and one was wounded in a shooting on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Police said Wednesday night that the suspect was killed by responding officers and that there was no ongoing threat to the community.

Sheriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said at a news conference Wednesday night that police know the identity of the suspect but will not release his name until the victims’ families are notified.

Two law enforcement sources told CBS News that the gunman, whom they described as a white man in his sixties, was a Former college professor who had previously taught in Georgia and North Carolina.

McMahill had said earlier that day that police did not know the suspect’s motive.

The first call about the active shooter came in around 11:45 a.m. local time, after which Metro and university police responded immediately, shooting and killing the suspect outside Beam Hall, McMahill said. The shooting originated on the fourth floor of the building.

In addition to the three people killed, one person was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound. The person was in stable condition, McMahill said. Four other people were hospitalized after suffering panic attacks.

Two police officers suffered minor injuries while searching rooms and buildings on campus for more victims, McMahill said.

McMahill said that during the attack, there was a gathering outside Beam Hall where people were eating and building Lego sets together. He said there could have been many more deaths if responding officers had not “ran onto campus” within minutes and engaged in armed contact.

“No student should be afraid to pursue their dreams on a college campus,” McMahill said, calling the incident “a heinous and unforgivable crime.”

People leave campus with their hands raised following reports of a shooting on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on December 6, 2023.

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Sunrise Hospital’s Trauma Center confirmed Wednesday afternoon that it had received three patients from the shooting, according to trauma medical director Chris Fisher.

A reunification center for families who cannot contact their loved ones has opened in North Hall on campus, Clark County Fire Chief John C. Steinbeck said at an afternoon news conference.

A federal law enforcement official told CBS News that the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding and offering investigative assistance to Metropolitan Police.

Police are seen at the scene of a shooting on the UNLV campus on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Las Vegas.

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UNLV will remain closed for the week and additional determinations will be made about whether it will reopen Monday, university police Chief Adam Garcia said at the evening news conference.

President Biden addressed the shooting in a statement Wednesday and called for action to address “the epidemic of gun violence we face.”

“Just a few hours ago, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas became the latest college campus terrorized by a horrific act of gun violence,” Biden said in the statement, in which he also referred to Shooting deaths in Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

“Despite all the actions we have taken since I have been president, the epidemic of gun violence we face demands that we do even more. But we cannot do more without Congress,” Biden wrote while urging Republican lawmakers to help pass a law. ban on assault weapons and universal background checks, among other measures.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman called the news “tragic and heartbreaking.”

“Praying for everyone on campus as law enforcement responds to the situation,” he wrote.

University President Brian Sandoval said this was “an unimaginably sad and shocking day for our entire state.”

“We send our deepest condolences and our thoughts are with the families of the multiple victims of this terrible tragedy. Today and in the days to come we are all Rebels,” Sandoval wrote on social media.

Pat Milton and Andy Triay contributed reporting.

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