Video shows terrified people being told to evacuate a building at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as police respond to an active shooter Wednesday.
Thousands of students fled for their lives after a gunman stormed campus Wednesday morning, killing three people and seriously injuring a fourth.
Police later identified the gunman as 67-year-old Anthony James Polito, a resident of nearby Henderson, Nevada. Authorities said Polito applied for several jobs at various universities in Nevada but was rejected each time.
Polito was killed by police in a shootout Wednesday.
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Clark County Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters Thursday that Polito had a school target list and more than 150 rounds of ammunition. The list also included faculty at his previous employer, Eastern Carolina University in North Carolina.
“None of the people on the hit list have been victims,” McMahill said, adding that police have contacted everyone on the suspect list except for one person who was on the plane. added.
McMahill said Polito mailed 22 letters without return addresses to various university employees around the country, one of which contained a white powder-like substance.
When detectives searched Polito's home after the shooting, they found a chair with a document resembling a suicide note with a downward arrow. Authorities also said Polito appeared to be in financial difficulty, as detectives found an eviction notice taped to the door of Polito's apartment.
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Investigators have not yet released a motive for the shooting.
Around noon Wednesday, terrified students and professors crouched in classrooms and offices as a gunman roamed the top three floors of UNLV's five-story Lee School of Business.
McMahill said the scare began about 15 minutes after Polito arrived at UNLV around 11:30 a.m. in a 2007 Lexus. Police received initial reports of the shooting at 11:45 a.m.
Everything happened in about 10 minutes. Polito crashed through the building, killing three people. Patricia Navarro, assistant professor in the UNLV School of Accounting; Mr. Cha Jang Chan, a professor at the university's business school. And a third unidentified victim. A fourth victim suffered injuries and is in life-threatening condition, McMahill said.
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Police stopped the attack around 11:55 a.m. when two detectives confronted Polito outside the building as he emerged from the business school. Detectives fired shots at the alleged gunman, killing him.
Officials said Polito used a Taurus 9mm handgun that he had legally purchased in 2022, adding that he had 11 magazines with him when he came to campus.
UNLV is home to approximately 30,000 students. During the attack, students gathered outside the building and in the student union to eat and play games, the sheriff said. If police had not intervened and stopped the gunman, “countless additional lives could have been taken,” McMahill said.
It is unclear how long Polito has resided in the Las Vegas area. According to a statement from East Carolina University, he has resigned as a tenured professor at the university, the Associated Press reported.
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Paul Whittington, one of Mr. Polito's former students, said in an interview with The Associated Press that Mr. Polito seemed obsessed with anonymous student reviews left at the end of each semester.
He said Polito remembers the faces of students who gave him bad grades in class and is sure who they are and where they were sitting, pointing to their seats in the classroom. It has been announced.
“He was always talking about the negative feedback he received,” Whittington said, recalling when he attended Polito's introductory operations management class in 2014. “If he had at least one student in each class, that would be a negative rating. And he stuck with them.”
Fox News Digital's Adam Sabes and The Associated Press contributed to this report.