UNLV Shooting: Suspect Targeted Multiple Universities, Police Reveal

by Andrew Wright
UNLV Shooting

Police disclosed that the individual responsible for the lethal incident at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, had a list of intended targets at both UNLV and East Carolina University in North Carolina. This information was released on Thursday.

The shooting, which took place on Wednesday, resulted in the death of three faculty members and left one injured. The assailant was killed during an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement, as stated by university authorities.

The perpetrator, identified as Anthony Polito, a former business professor, had previously dispatched 22 letters to faculty members at various universities nationwide. The contents of these letters remain undisclosed, as informed by Clark County Sheriff Kevin McMahill during a press briefing.

Despite the suspect’s list of targets, Sheriff McMahill confirmed that no one on the list had been harmed. He also mentioned ongoing efforts to understand the motive behind the attack, noting Polito’s unsuccessful job applications at several Nevada institutions.

Polito legally purchased the weapon, a 9mm handgun, used in the attack last year. Authorities are investigating the total number of shots fired. It was revealed that the gunman had brought additional ammunition to the scene.

University President Keith E. Whitfield, in a letter to the university community, described the day of the shooting as the university’s most challenging day. He identified two of the victims as business school professors Patricia Navarro-Velez and Cha Jan “Jerry” Chang. The identity of the third victim will be disclosed following family notification.

During the attack, students and staff experienced moments of fear and uncertainty, hiding in classrooms and dormitories as the shooter moved through the business school. The shooting took place near faculty and staff offices of the accounting and marketing departments.

Further information on the suspect, Anthony Polito, includes his tenure as a professor at East Carolina University’s Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management from 2001 to 2017. He resigned from this position in January 2017.

One of Polito’s former students at East Carolina University, Paul Whittington, recalled Polito’s fascination with Las Vegas, noting his frequent discussions about his visits to the city.

The incident has left a significant impact on Las Vegas, a city still recovering from the 2017 mass shooting, the deadliest in modern U.S. history. The lessons learned from that tragedy aided in the swift response to the UNLV shooting, according to Sheriff McMahill.

Classes at UNLV have been suspended through Friday, and certain events, including the university’s basketball game at the University of Dayton and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, have been canceled in light of the shootings.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UNLV Shooting

What Happened in the UNLV Shooting Incident?

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas experienced a deadly shooting where a suspect, Anthony Polito, a former business professor, targeted faculty members. Three faculty members were killed, and one was injured. The shooter was killed in a shootout with police.

Who Was the Suspect in the UNLV Shooting?

The suspect was identified as Anthony Polito, a longtime business professor. He had sent 22 letters to faculty members across various universities in the U.S. before the shooting.

Were There Any Targets at Other Universities?

Yes, the suspect had a list of targets at both UNLV and East Carolina University in North Carolina. However, no one on the list became a victim.

What Was the Motive Behind the Shooting?

The motive is still under investigation, but it was noted that Polito had applied for jobs at various colleges in Nevada and was repeatedly denied.

How Did the University Respond to the Shooting?

UNLV’s President Keith E. Whitfield described the shooting as the most difficult day in the university’s history. The university canceled classes through Friday and provided support to students and staff.

What About the Suspect’s History at East Carolina University?

Anthony Polito was a professor at East Carolina University’s Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management from 2001 to 2017, before resigning in January 2017.

How Did the Incident Impact the Las Vegas Community?

The shooting brought back memories of the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern U.S. history. Lessons from that incident helped in the swift response to the UNLV attack.

More about UNLV Shooting

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • East Carolina University
  • Clark County Sheriff’s Office
  • Second Amendment Interpretation
  • UNLV Lee Business School
  • Las Vegas Mass Shootings History
  • UNLV President’s Response to Shooting
  • Polito’s Tenure at East Carolina University
  • Las Vegas Sun Coverage of UNLV Shooting
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal Report on UNLV Incident

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EddieJ December 8, 2023 - 9:56 am

Seriously, a professor doing this? what was he thinking? this is beyond comprehension, and it’s happening too often now.

MarkT December 8, 2023 - 10:34 am

thats really scary, to think these things happen at universities where we’re supposed to be safe. what’s going on with the world?

Tommy76 December 8, 2023 - 12:16 pm

Another shooting? this is getting out of hand, when will it stop, we need better laws and mental health support.

Jessie K December 8, 2023 - 1:38 pm

Wow this is such tragic news, can’t believe another shooting in Vegas… it’s like history repeating itself, so sad for the victims and their families.

KarenP December 8, 2023 - 4:27 pm

Prayers for all affected, this is just devastating. I hope they get to the bottom of this and find out why it happened.

Linda_S December 8, 2023 - 11:46 pm

Just read about this, so heartbreaking. What could’ve been the motive? It’s so hard to understand why someone would do this.


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