A shooting suspect has been killed after police responded to a “confirmed active shooter” incident with “multiple victims reported” at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on Wednesday, according to police.
At least three victims were shot and the extent of their injuries is so far unknown, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.
University police had first responded to reports of shots fired just before noon in Beam Hall, which is located near the Lee Business School in the vicinity of the student union building, warning them to “RUN-HIDE-FIGHT.”
“This is not a test,” campus police said.
Around 12:20 p.m., university police responded to additional shots fired in the student union and ordered those in the area to evacuate.
Las Vegas police confirmed that one suspect is dead.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill gave a brief press conference at 1:30 p.m. local time when he confirmed “there is no further threat” to the community.
“A number of victims transported to local hospitals,” he said, although he declined to say exactly how many there were or what conditions they were in.
“We have no idea on the motive,” he added.
One victim was sent to Sunrise Hospital Trauma Center in the city, CNN reported.
The UNLV campus is about two miles from the Las Vegas Strip and across from Harry Reid International Airport.
Roughly 30,000 students attend the school.
UNLV officials asked students to remain sheltered in place as the buildings were evacuated one at a time.
One University of Nevada student told local outlet KVUU she sheltered in place in the campus’ student union building after she learned about the active shooter alert.
“We found out cops were on site and we just sheltered in place until we were evacuated. And it took us about 30 minutes to get us evacuated,” the student, Jessica, said.
BREAKING: There is an active shooter at Nevada’s University of Las Vegas @unlv.
Multiple victims reported. pic.twitter.com/mWDcidVHEq
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) December 6, 2023
Another student described how about 200 students huddled together in the building as they heard gunshots ring out.
“A lot of people were panicking,” the student, who did not wish to be named, told the outlet.
She said officers armed with guns evacuated them out of the building with their hands up. As they were escorted out of the student union, she said they “walked past one of the windows, the window was shot out, glass everywhere.”
Officials said that in addition to UNLV, all other Nevada System of Higher Education institutions were shut down for the remainder of the day.