UNLV Campus Is Site of Shootings, Suspect Reportedly Dead


Posted on: December 6, 2023, 04:10h. 

Last updated on: December 6, 2023, 04:36h.

A mass shooter is dead after he injured or possibly killed many victims on the UNLV campus at about noon on Wednesday, according to media and police reports. Panicked students rushed for cover and hid in campus buildings.

Law enforcement at UNLV
Law enforcement at UNLV, pictured above. A shooter opened fire on the Las Vegas campus on Wednesday. (Image: NBC)

Based on initial police statements, several people were injured during the shooting spree, with media reports putting the number of injured at three. NBC News further reported some victims were killed in the incident.

Business School Gunfire

“There appears to be multiple victims at this time,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) revealed in a social media post on Wednesday afternoon.

The shots were fired in or near the campus’ Frank and Estella Beam Hall. The building houses the UNLV Business School. There were also initial reports of shots being fired in or near the UNLV student union, which is close to Beam Hall.

During the gunfire, students and staff were ordered by campus police to find safe shelter. Later, they were told to shelter in place. Police were evacuating campus buildings gradually after the shooter was neutralized.

No names of injured victims were released.

LVMPD officers rushed to the campus after they were alerted about the presence of an active shooter.

“We found out cops were on site, and we just sheltered in place until we were evacuated. And it took us about 30 minutes to get us evacuated,” one student, named Jessica, told Las Vegas TV station KVVU.

We all walked out of the building hands up,” another student revealed to KVVU. “They evacuated us out of the student union. We walked past one of the windows, the window was shot through, glass everywhere.”

“About 200 kids all in one space,” she further described the situation in the student union. “A lot of people were panicking.”

Hiding in Classrooms

Some students hid in classrooms while the shooting spree unfolded, according to Las Vegas TV station KLAS.

One student, Matthew, told the station he pushed six tables against a classroom door to protect himself from the gunman.

It’s very scary when you go to a college campus as open as this one,” he added. “People are scared now because every time you step on a college campus, there are shootings every single year now. I wasn’t even close to it and I’m still scared out of my mind right now.”

On Wednesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a briefing that she had just been informed of the shooting.

Obviously, we’re going to continue to monitor what’s currently occurring. I don’t want to get ahead of what local enforcement are probably dealing with at this time.”

President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Las Vegas on Friday.

Due to police activity, Maryland Parkway was closed near the campus. Motorists were advised to avoid the neighborhood.

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

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