In a tragic turn of events, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was the site of a shooting incident on Wednesday, leading to a swift response from law enforcement. According to university alerts, the incident occurred at Frank and Estella Beam Hall, the institution’s business school. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported that the suspect involved in the shooting had been neutralized and confirmed that there were three fatalities. Additionally, one other individual was reported to be in stable condition.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill addressed the situation in a press briefing. He confirmed that the threat to the community had been contained with the suspect deceased. McMahill highlighted the rapid response of the law enforcement officers at the scene, noting that their swift actions potentially prevented further loss of life. He detailed that officers had sustained minor injuries during the search and secure operations across the campus.
The university administration had issued an emergency directive to students and faculty, advising them to “Run-Hide-Fight,” a standard protocol in active shooter situations. Reports of further shots fired at the student union added to the tension on campus, prompting a comprehensive response from local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.
Sheriff McMahill revealed that the initial 911 calls were made around 11:45 a.m. He commended the bravery of two detectives who were first on the scene and engaged the shooter, resulting in the suspect’s death. McMahill emphasized the critical role played by these officers in preventing a potentially more catastrophic outcome, particularly near a student gathering area.
Following the incident, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas announced the closure of the campus for the remainder of the day. In the wake of the shooting, the university and police urged the public to avoid the area and stay tuned for further updates. Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo conveyed through a social media post that his office was actively coordinating with university and law enforcement officials.
As the investigation into this tragic event continues, further details are expected to be released. This incident adds to the growing concerns around gun violence in educational institutions across the United States.