Las Vegas, Nevada – Law enforcement sources have identified the deceased suspect in the recent shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as Anthony Polito, a 67-year-old man. Polito had reportedly applied for a professorship at the university but was not hired. He had previous ties to North Carolina and Georgia, where he worked as a college professor.
During the on-campus attack on Wednesday, Polito was armed with a handgun and fatally shot three people. One additional gunshot victim was initially listed in critical condition at a local hospital and later upgraded to stable, police said.
According to sources, investigators have determined that the victims killed in the shooting were faculty or staff members rather than students. This suggests that the rampage may not have been a random act but rather a targeted attack against specific individuals due to some prior relationship or interactions. A shootout at the scene between the suspect and police detectives resulted in the suspect’s death. It is reported that the gunman fired at the police, prompting them to shoot back.
Authorities have begun searching an apartment in Henderson, Nevada, which is believed to be the shooter’s residence. Additionally, detectives have obtained the suspect’s phone and are currently examining its contents for any clues that may provide insight into the motive behind the attack. They are also reviewing Polito’s professional writings to determine if they can reveal any significant information about the events at UNLV.
The University of Nevada, the Las Vegas community, and the wider Las Vegas area have been deeply affected by the shooting incident. Officials are working to provide support and counseling services to those affected by the tragedy. The university has also encouraged students, faculty, and staff to reach out for assistance if needed.
As part of its ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of the UNLV community, officials from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have been working closely with UNLV officials to gather as much information as possible.
An investigation is being conducted to determine what led up to the shooting and what factors may have contributed to it. Class at UNLV has been canceled for the remainder of the week.