Disgruntled Former Professor Suspected in UNLV Shooting Rampage
Las Vegas, NV – A mass shooting at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) has left three people dead and several injured. The suspect, identified as Anthony Polito, a 67-year-old former academic, unleashed terror on the university campus before being fatally shot in a confrontation with law enforcement.
The incident occurred around 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday at Beam Hall, part of UNLV’s business school. Polito, armed with a handgun, began his deadly spree near the student union building. Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Polito, who had previously applied unsuccessfully for a professor position at UNLV, was the gunman.
The UNLV shooter was conspiracy theorist who listed George Soros as one of the great minds of the 20th century on his website.https://t.co/uRffv6ElQP— Andrew Wilkow (@WilkowMajority) December 7, 2023
As police arrived, they found three victims deceased. The chaos also resulted in four individuals being hospitalized due to panic attacks, while two officers received treatment for minor injuries incurred during building evacuations.
Polito’s background, as detailed on his LinkedIn profile, paints a picture of an accomplished academic. A “Semi-Retired University Professor” based in Las Vegas, he held degrees from Radford University, Duke University, and the University of Georgia. His career included over 15 years at East Carolina University.
The @UNLV shooter was identified as 67 year old Dr. Tony Polito, a semi-retired university professor. It’s been reported that he recently applied for a job at UNLV, but was denied.— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) December 7, 2023
3 people were killed & another injured during the campus shooting at UNLV on Wednesday. #LasVegas https://t.co/BnPmbPVGoo pic.twitter.com/mRymIEZXt4
Intriguingly, Polito maintained a personal website where he posted theories, including a 15-page document claiming to have solved the Zodiac Killer’s cryptograms. Polito, a long-time MENSA member, also purported to have deciphered the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the meaning of the film “Inception.”
His website also reflected his love for Las Vegas and his vast knowledge of the city. He listed Frank Sinatra, Selena, Elton John, and Willie Nelson among his favorite musicians, and films like “Apocalypse Now” and “JFK” as his preferred movies.
However, Polito’s site also veered into controversial territory, featuring links to conspiracy theories and listing organizations he believed were “bent on world domination.”
Despite these peculiarities, Polito was remembered by some students for his effective teaching and real-world insights. His LinkedIn page featured positive feedback from former students, emphasizing his organized approach and relevance of his lessons.
The UNLV campus went into immediate lockdown following the shooting. Students and staff were evacuated systematically as police, working through the night, searched Polito’s Henderson apartment for clues. Investigators, having retrieved the suspect’s phone, are now focused on uncovering a motive, with initial findings suggesting that the victims were faculty or staff members, potentially a factor in the attack.
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