The victims of the UNLV shooting have been identified. This is what we know.

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Authorities have identified the three victims killed during Wednesday’s attack. shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegasfacilities.

On Thursday, the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified two of the victims as Cha Jan Chang, 64, a professor at the university, and Patricia Navarro Velez, 39, an assistant professor.

Chang, who was also known as Jerry, died from a gunshot wound to the head, and Velez died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, the medical examiner said.

Authorities have identified the third deceased victim but are waiting to notify next of kin. According to two police sources, the third victim was also not a student.

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The fourth injured victim, a 38-year-old visiting professor, remains in the hospital where his condition has been downgraded to life-threatening, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Kevin McMahill said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. .

McMahill identified the shooter as 67-year-old Anthony Polito. The shooter was a longtime business professor who sought a teaching position at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and was denied. He had applied “numerous times” for jobs at various Nevada universities “and was denied each time,” McMahill said.

According to police, the shooter arrived on the UNLV campus around 11:28 a.m. in a 2007 Lexus armed with a 9mm Taurus handgun that he purchased legally in 2022 and 11 magazines, which he had in magazines strapped to his body. McMahill said police are not sure exactly how many bullets were fired, but nine loaded magazines were recovered after the shooting.

The shooting was first reported to police around 11:45 a.m., McMahill said.

The shooter left Beam Hall, the building where the shooting occurred, at 11:55 a.m., when police officers shot him multiple times in a shootout captured on security footage. He died at the scene, police said.

New details emerge about shooter

As police continue their investigation, they have learned more about the shooter and his actions leading up to the shooting.

The shooter had a criminal record for computer trespassing in Virginia in 1992, police said.

The morning of the shooting, he visited a post office in Henderson, Nevada, and sent 22 letters to various university staff members across the country without a return address, police said.

Police said they do not know the contents of those letters and are working with the postal inspector and federal partners to process them. One of the letters was found and when authorities opened it they found a white powder, McMahill said.

A search warrant was executed at the shooter’s residence in Henderson, where police recovered several items, including a chair with an arrow pointing toward a will-like document, several computer and hard drive components, as well as ammunition compatible with shell casings. of cartridges. found at UNLV and a case for a gun that matches the one used by the shooter, police said.

The shooter also had a list of people he was looking for on the UNLV campus and at Eastern Carolina University, police said.

Police determined the shooter had money problems and even had an eviction notice taped to the door of his Henderson home.

Police said they believe the shooter acted alone.

Pat Milton and Andy Triay contributed reporting.

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