A tragic incident unfolded at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus on Wednesday, resulting in three fatalities and a critically wounded fourth victim in a shooting.
Police confirmed the death of the suspect involved in the attack. The incident began around 11:45 am local time on the fourth floor of the UNLV Lee Business School building, leading to a campus-wide alert urging students and professors to seek shelter.
Law enforcement swiftly responded, engaging the gunman in a shootout that spanned multiple floors before the suspect was ultimately neutralized outside the building around 12:30 pm local time.
UNLV Police Chief Adam Garcia reported that two university detectives played a crucial role in confronting the assailant.
Despite the gravity of the situation, authorities assured there was no ongoing threat, establishing a hotline for those affected by the incident.
The university, through its communication platform X (formerly Twitter), issued urgent warnings to the campus community, emphasizing the seriousness of the situation with the directive to “RUN-HIDE-FIGHT.”
A SWAT team, likely associated with the FBI, was observed on campus just before 1 pm following the confirmation of the suspect’s death.
The university continued evacuation efforts, announcing the closure of all UNLV and Nevada System of Higher Education facilities for the remainder of the day.
With a student population exceeding 30,000, UNLV’s public university campus, located about a mile and a half from the Las Vegas Strip, faced a grim reminder of the 2017 massacre at an outdoor music festival nearby.
That tragic event claimed 58 lives and left hundreds injured, marking the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.