Las Vegas police respond to reports of shooting at Nevada University with multiple victims

By Cheri Mossburg for CNN

There are at least three victims from a shooting on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus, and the suspect is dead, Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Kevin McMahill said.

“Right now, we know there are 3 victims, but unknown extent of the injuries. That number could change. We will update you when we know more,” the sheriff told reporters Wednesday afternoon.

A number of victims have been taken to area hospitals, McMahill said, and there is no longer a threat to those on campus.

The suspect’s motive remains unclear, the sheriff said.

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Police responded earlier Wednesday to reports of a shooting with multiple victims on the campus, near Beam Hall, the home of the university’s Lee Business School, according to an earlier social media post.

At 11:54 a.m. local time, the university posted an emergency notice online, saying, “University Police responding to report of shots fire in BEH evacuate to a safe area, RUN-HIDE-FIGHT.”

Shortly after, the university also said on X police were responding to “additional report of shots fired in the Student Union,” and advised people to evacuate the area.

“I was sitting outside, I was just having breakfast. I heard three loud booms and I was like, oh, what was that?” a student told CNN affiliate KVVU. “Police showed up, then I ran inside.

“After two minutes, more shots. I ran into the basements, and I was there for 20,” the student said. “I was just hearing a lot of shots.”

This latest incident comes as students are in the middle of a study week before taking final exams and going on winter break, in the same city that suffered the worst mass shooting in modern US history in 2017.

UNLV is located just a few miles from the site of that mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, which left at least 58 people dead and hundreds more wounded.

“Tragic and heartbreaking news coming out of @unlv. Praying for everyone on campus as law enforcement responds to the situation.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman posted on X.

The White House said it is monitoring the shooting reported at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) “very closely.” The second gentleman is already scheduled to deliver remarks tonight at the Newtown Action Alliance Foundation’s 11th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, the White House added.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

CNN’s Sara Smart, Brammhi Balarajan and Amanda Jackson contributed to this report.