UNLV Shooter Who Killed 3 Identified As Professor Who Applied For A Job At The University: Police Sources
Police are seen at the scene of a shooting on the UNLV campus on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, in Las Vegas.
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The shooter who murdered three people and injured a fourth person at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on Wednesday was identified as a professor who recently applied for a job at the school, according to police sources. 

Around 11:45 a.m., the shooter made his way to the fourth floor of Beam Hall, UNLV’s business school, where he opened fire. The gunman then went to “multiple floors” before he was taken down by officers when he was outside the building, according to Las Vegas Police Sheriff Kevin McMahill.

The gunman, a 67-year-old man who had previously worked as an associate professor for 15 years at East Carolina University, had applied for a job at UNLV but didn’t get it, police sources said, according to ABC News. Authorities said the shooter — who will not be named by The Daily Wire per company policy — was killed in a shootout with two police detectives who responded to the shooting. 

“If it hadn’t been for the heroic actions of one of those police officers who responded, there could have been countless additional lives taken,” McMahill said, adding that “armed confrontation of the suspect by law enforcement stopped the suspect’s further actions.” 

The three people killed were faculty and staff, according to investigators, which suggests to them that the shooting could have likely been a targeted attack. The 67-year-old shooter armed himself with a handgun and fired at police after killing the three victims and wounding a fourth. The injured victim was initially listed as being in critical condition but is now stable, police said.

According to the gunman’s LinkedIn account, he was a “semi-retired university professor” who graduated from Radford University in Virginia with a double major in mathematics and statistics, The New York Post reported. He then went on to get a masters degree at Duke University and a doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Georgia.


Authorities have already searched the shooter’s home in Henderson, Nevada, which is around 15 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Detectives found the gunman’s phone and some of his writings which they are investigating for more clues shedding light on the motive for the attack. 

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