Tragic Shooting at UNLV Leaves Multiple Casualties with Shooter Dead

( – According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 632 mass shootings in America so far in 2023. The number of gun violence deaths overall this year topped 40,000, including unintentional killings and suicides. The most recent mass shooting happened at a college in Las Vegas, terrifying students and faculty alike.

On December 7, ABC13 reported that a man armed with a handgun walked onto the University of Nevada (UNLV) campus in Las Vegas and opened fire, murdering three people and wounding a fourth. Police identified the suspect as 67-year-old Anthony Polito. However, the alleged perpetrator will never see his day in court because when campus police arrived on the scene, gunfire ensued and the suspect was killed. Polito was reportedly a college professor who sought employment at UNLV but was rejected. It’s unclear if that has anything to do with the shooting.

According to ABC News, investigators searched the suspect’s home for evidence and any clues as to motive. While police haven’t revealed the details of their findings, initial suspicions center around a targeted attack, as the victims were all part of the teaching staff at the college and not students. The investigation is still ongoing, and it is unclear if Polito personally knew the victims.

NPR reported that a UNLV professor, Kevaney Martin, was hiding in her classroom when the shooting started. She described the experience as “terrifying.” After some time had passed, another instructor came to get Martin and a group of them left the college to safety. Martin said they were all in shock. Many people from the community are still trying to heal from a previous mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas in 2017 — just three miles away from UNLV. That tragedy took the lives of 60 people and injured countless others.

Police have not publicly revealed the victim’s identities.

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