Anthony Polito named as suspect who killed three staff at UNLV with a handgun ... trends now
The deceased suspect in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas shooting has been named.
Anthony Polito, 67, had applied for a professorship at the college but was rejected, according to reports.
Polito was armed with a handgun when he opened fire on the campus and killed three people before he was shot dead by police in a shootout on Wednesday morning.
A search of Polito's home is currently underway as detectives work through the night to continue their investigation.
Anthony Polito has been named as the deceased suspect in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas shooting
Polito spent more than 15 years working as an associate professor at East Carolina University, according to his LinkedIn.
He was educated at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business where he gained a Doctor of Philosophy.
Polito also listed he achieved a Master of Business Administration at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and attended Radford University where he completed a Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Statistics as a double major.
His failed job application was reported by 8 News Now, with sources telling the site that he may also have had connections to a person who works on campus.
Police are seen on Wednesday are seen running to the scene of the mass shooting at the Las Vegas campus
Students are seen evacuating the site of Wednesday's shooting at the University of Nevada campus
Two women are seen making phone calls to say they are OK after Wednesday's shooting
Police in Las Vegas are seen on Wednesday morning at the site of the college shooting
Students are seen being evacuated from the building at the University of Nevada campus
The three people who died have not been named. A fourth victim was shot but is in a stable condition, said Sheriff Kevin McMahill, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday night.
He said four additional people are in hospital after suffering panic attacks, and two officers were treated for minor injuries.
McMahill praised the 'heroic' officer who stopped Polito, but said they were unable to specify what weapon was used.
Joe Biden said the shooting - coming the day after six were shot dead in Austin and San Antonio - was 'not normal, and we can never let it become normal.'
The president said he was saddened that the university 'became the latest college campus to be terrorized by a horrific act of gun violence.'
Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the suspect is dead. He added: 'Right now, we know there are three victims, but the extent of their injuries is unknown. That number could change. We will update you when we know more'
A SWAT team truck is pictured at the campus in Las Vegas on Wednesday
He thanked the first responders, and said it showed that more must be done to end the epidemic of gun violence.
'This year alone, our nation has experienced more than 600 mass shootings, and approximately 40,000 deaths due to gun violence. This is not normal, and we can never let it become normal,' he said, in a statement issued by the White House.
'For all the action we have taken since I’ve been President, the epidemic of gun violence we face demands that we do even more.
'But 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.
'And 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 was already set to visit Las Vegas this Friday to deliver remarks on infrastructure, and the shooting has not changed his plans.
He is expected in Vegas on Friday, and will travel to Los Angeles for the weekend.
Adam Garcia, the director of university police services, said the first 911 call came in at 11:45am.
'Officers immediately responded and engaged the suspect,' said Garcia. He said the suspect was shot and killed by the officers.
'The entire Nevada system of higher education and campuses are closed, out of an abundance of caution. There is no threat to other campuses, but they are closed out of an abundance of caution.'
A huge police presence including tactical teams were seen scrambling to the college after an alert was issued to students, warning them to 'RUN-HIDE-FIGHT.'
In response to the campus shootings, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop of all flights coming into Harry Reid International Airport. The university is roughly two miles north of the airport.
Less than an hour after the alert was released, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced the suspect was deceased. The force said the investigation is ongoing.
Officials said 'multiple victims' had been targeted in the attack.
Early reports indicate additional shots may have been fired in the college's student union, and officials evacuated buildings one at a time.
Tactical teams were seen moving through the University of Nevada's Las Vegas campus as students were cautioned to 'RUN-HIDE-FIGHT'
Terrified students were seen being evacuated from the campus on Wednesday following reports of an active shooter on campus
A student at the university is seen on his phone at the Las Vegas campus on Wednesday
Tactical officers were seen scoping the scene from a building's roof as the campus was placed on lockdown