Harry Reid Airport in Las Vegas Shut Down Due to UNLV Shooting

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UPDATE: The shooter was identified by law enforcement officials as 67-year-old Anthony Polito, a semi-retired professor, who had unsuccessfully tried to get a job at the university. At Polito’s apartment in Henderson, his cellphone and other electronic devices were taken for the investigation.

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Shooter, Anthony Polito – image courtesy of News3LV

The main hub airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been shut down due to a shooting that just occurred at the University of Las Vegas.

Due to police helicopters flying overhead at the scene, a ground stop was ordered for Harry Reid Airport. This means no ground as well as no air transportation is being allowed at this time.

An active shooter is deceased after a shooting incident that happened within the hour at the University of Las Vegas (UNLV). The shooter was shot by 2 university detectives during a gun battle. A weapon was found near the shooter’s body, so the serial number will be run on the weapon to see what can be traced about it that might lead to understanding this crime. Social media will also be checked to see if the shooter had indicated any information about this shooting.

The incident initially started in the Lee Business School building and then moved to inside the Student Union near Beam Hall, a university hub for students, at approximately 11:45 am. The police reported that there are 3 people have died and a fourth victim is in critical condition at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. A witness said he heard around 15 shots. The motivation is unknown at this time.

The authorities checked to assure there is no other active shooter on campus and have been evacuating students off campus. at 1:45 pm the Las Vegas PD confirmed that there is no further threat.

UNLV has advised students to shelter in place as it is still considered an active investigation until escorted to leave the campus. One student who was interviewed said he was nervous but also grateful for the massive police presence. It is not know if there is another car involved in the incident and if that car contains more weapons.

UNLV has shut down all UNLV campuses for the remainder of the day. I-15 freeway has been closed from entering Las Vegas at this time.

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