At least 3 dead after shooting on UNLV campus, Las Vegas police say

By Elise Hammond, Adrienne Vogt, Tori B. Powell and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 11:46 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023
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8:54 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023

UNLV shooter was a former college professor with unknown connection to the school 

From CNN's John Miller and Dave Alsup

The suspect in the UNLV shooting is a 67-year-old career college professor, a law enforcement source told CNN.

The suspect has connections with schools in Georgia and North Carolina, but it is unknown what connection the suspect had with the school where Wednesday’s fatal shooting took place. 

Police are not releasing the name of the suspect, who is also dead, until their next of kin is notified, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill said in a news conference. 

Three other people were killed in the shooting, one person was transported to a local hospital with a gunshot wound and four other people who were suffering from panic attacks were also sent to local hospitals, according to McMahill.

9:34 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023

UNLV shooting marks 80th school shooting in 2023, according to a CNN analysis

From CNN's Gillian Roberts and Alex Leeds Matthews

Parents Mabel Fontanilla and Raul Villalonga embrace after a shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus on Wednesday.
Parents Mabel Fontanilla and Raul Villalonga embrace after a shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus on Wednesday. Ronda Churchill/AFP/Getty Images

There have been 80 US school shootings so far this year, according to a CNN analysis. Of those, 51 shootings have been reported on K-12 campuses and 29 on university and college campuses.

This includes the latest shooting in Las Vegas on the UNLV campus.

8:09 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023

Las Vegas police know name of suspect in UNLV shooting but will not release until next of kin is notified

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Authorities know the name of the suspect in the shooting at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, but will not release it until their next of kin has been notified, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill said during a news conference Wednesday. 

7:40 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023

Student describes professor telling him to run after shooter opened fire on UNLV campus

From CNN’s Sara Smart

Brett Johnsen speaks to CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday evening.
Brett Johnsen speaks to CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday evening. CNN

A student who was inside the building on the University of Nevada's Las Vegas campus where the shooting took place said no one was concerned at first when they heard a noise during class.

Brett Johnsen was attending class on the second floor of the business law building when his professor stopped mid-lecture after hearing a loud noise — but he said it didn’t sound like a gunshot so the professor continued teaching.

“Then an alarm came on,” Johnsen said. “I’ve never heard an alarm like that before, it didn’t sound like a fire alarm,”

The students in the class began packing things up, relatively calmly, Johnsen said.

“When we began to walk out of the class, that’s when things got real,” he said.

The look on his professor’s face turned into panic and he urged the students to get back, lock the door and get on the ground.

“If the shooter came into our classroom we were all just basically sitting ducks,” Johnsen said.

A few moments later, the professor opened the door to check that it was clear and advised the students to run. Johnsen said he ran as fast as he could down the stairs of the building and outside as far as he could go.

He said everyone on campus was telling each other to run and evacuate.

“It looked like every single cop in Las Vegas was at UNLV,” Johnsen said.

7:07 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023

Police still evacuating buildings on UNLV campus

From CNN’s Cindy Von Quednow

Police evacuate students after a shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Wednesday.
Police evacuate students after a shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Wednesday. K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Tribune News Service/Getty Images

Authorities in Las Vegas are still evacuating buildings on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus following a shooting there Wednesday, the University Police Services said on X.

Authorities asked anyone on campus to continue sheltering in place until the area is cleared, and described the incident as an “active investigation.”

6:50 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023

3 people are dead and another is in critical condition after shooting on UNLV campus, police say

From CNN's Taylor Romine

Three people are dead and one person is in critical condition following a shooting at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on X

The suspect is also dead, police said.

7:05 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023

Sunrise Hospital's trauma center treating 3 patients from UNLV shooting, official says

From CNN’s Sara Smart

Sunrise Hospital's trauma center is actively treating three patients from the shooting on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.

The hospital activated its mass casualty protocol when it got word of the shooting, trauma medical director Dr. Chris Fisher said in a video statement shared with CNN.

“Our staff was prepared to handle many more patients than we received,” Fisher said. The hospital is now back open to all patients.

“Our hearts go out to the UNLV community, their families and everyone impacted by this tragedy," Marissa Mussi, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center spokesperson, told CNN.

This post has been updated with the latest comments from the hospital medical director.

6:36 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023

Biden calls on Congress to pass legislation banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazine

From CNN's Donald Judd

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on funding for Ukraine at the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on funding for Ukraine at the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Evan Vucci/AP

President Joe Biden marked a pair of shootings in Texas and Nevada over the last 24 hours by expressing sympathy for families of those affected by both shootings, while also calling on Republicans in Congress to pass a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Police said there were at least three victims after a shooting at the University of Nevada campus in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

At least six people were killed in shootings in two Central Texas communities on Tuesday.

Biden touted action he has taken since being elected president but said in a statement Wednesday, "We cannot do more without Congress."

“Republican lawmakers must join with Democrats in Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, pass a national red flag law, enact universal background checks, require the safe storage of guns, and advance other commonsense measures that will help stem the tide of gun violence," the president said.

Biden said federal law enforcement officials are working with state and local officials in Texas and Nevada.

ATF and the FBI are on the scene and stand ready to assist local partners in Las Vegas, a Department of Justice spokesperson said.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has also been briefed on the shooting at UNLV and is monitoring the situation, the spokesperson said.

"Together, we must do more to prevent more families, and more communities like Austin, San Antonio, and Las Vegas, from being ripped apart by gun violence," Biden said.

CNN's Hannah Rabinowitz contributed reporting to this post.

5:36 p.m. ET, December 6, 2023

Local reporter describes sheltering in campus building while shooting was happening

From CNN’s Cindy Von Quednow

A local television reporter was interviewing students for a story on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus when a shooter opened fire on Wednesday. 

KSNV reporter Brett Forrest described having to shelter in place inside a building with students and other university faculty when the shooting started.

“We are told that they are coming building by building slowly letting out each building, making sure there are no additional victims or anyone else inside so they might take a while to get to us,” Forrest said. “We do feel safe in here, thankfully. I’m with dozens of students and faculty and staff and they’ve just been checking their phones, messaging loved ones, getting whatever news they could from the internet.” 

Forrest said he remained on campus for several hours, despite authorities indicating there was no longer a threat. Police later said officers engaged with the suspect and that the person was now dead.

Many of the students at the UNLV campus are from Las Vegas and know what the community went through in the aftermath of the 2017 mass shooting in the city, Forrest said.

“It’s a scary, unfortunate situation, and I’m sure a lot of them are worried maybe their classmates or friends are among the victims,” he said. “It’s unfortunate our community has to go through this again.”