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UNLV shooting suspect identified as 67-year-old Anthony Polito

The shooter was found in the student union and is deceased, police and law enforcement sources have said.



Multiple law enforcement sources told Channel3 NOW the deceased suspect in the deadly shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is Anthony Polito, 67. Polito had applied for a professor position at UNLV but was not hired.

Las Vegas police have confirmed the death of the suspect in the UNLV campus shooting, and they are conducting evacuations one building at a time.

  • LVMPD received reports of a shooting on campus at 11:45 a.m.
  • LVMPD & University Police responded simultaneously
  • 3 victims are confirmed diceased
  • 1 injured victim is recovering at Sunrise Hospital
  • The identity of the shooter is known but will not be released until family members are notified.
  • UNLV VP of Public Safety Services says responding officers engaged in a shootout and the suspect was struck
  • Sheriff McMahill commends law enforcement’s swift action

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has reported that three individuals are deceased, and one is in critical condition at a local hospital after a shooting on UNLV’s campus on Wednesday.

Sheriff Kevin McMahill has assured that there is no ongoing threat to the campus.

According to sources from Channel3 NOW, the shooting originated on the second floor of the university’s business building, specifically in Frank and Estella Beam Hall.

Law enforcement has stated that additional shots were discharged in the student union. The shooter was later discovered in the student union and has been confirmed as deceased, as reported by police and law enforcement sources.

A statement from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officials has verified the presence of at least three victims, although the severity of their injuries remains uncertain.

Authorities have acknowledged that the count of victims may be subject to change. Responding to reports of an active shooter at the UNLV campus around 11:45 a.m., Metropolitan police indicated, “There appears to be multiple victims at this time.”

The eastbound off-ramp on I-15 at Tropicana, leading toward the Strip, is currently closed, as informed by the police. Anticipate delays and consider using alternative routes if feasible. Maryland Parkway, spanning from University Center Drive to Tropicana Avenue near UNLV, is closed to traffic, and drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Swenson Street and University Center Drive are also closed from Tropicana Avenue to Flamingo Road. An update on the situation was presented by Director of University Police Services Southern Command Adam Garcia, accompanied by Sheriff Kevin McMahill.

Sheriff McMahill conveyed that there is no available information regarding any motive from the shooter. While victims have been transported to various area hospitals, the specific number is currently unknown, and the police have indicated that an update on victims will be provided.

As a precautionary measure, Director Garcia mentioned the closure of all NSHE campuses in Southern Nevada, emphasizing that there is no perceived threat to any other campus. CSN campuses are anticipated to resume operations tomorrow.

Sheriff McMahill acknowledged the heightened anxiety among students, stating, “There are a lot of additional calls coming from students who are hunkered down, they’re afraid, they’re scared.”

He also mentioned that officers are systematically inspecting units and buildings to ensure there are no additional victims or potential threats.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.