One suspected gunman is dead after “multiple victims” were shot on a Las Vegas college campus, according to police.
“The suspect has been located and is deceased,” Las Vegas Metro Police Department stated on X after the shooting at UNLV in the city.
The university, which has an enrolment of more than 30,000 students on its 332-acre campus wast of the famed Las Vegas Strip, asked people to remain sheltered in place.
“Police ask that you continue to please shelter in place. Police are evacuating buildings one at a time. This remains an active investigation. The suspect has been contained,” UNLV stated on X.
The first reports of the shooting came in at 11.59am PST on Wednesday, and police initially responded to Beam Hall at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
“We are responding to preliminary reports of an #ActiveShooter on the campus of UNLV near BEAM Hall. There appears to be multiple victims at this time. Please avoid the area and we will have more information soon,” stated Las Vegas Metro Police Department on X on Wednesday.
UNLV warned its students, faculty and staff that it was not a drill and that shots had been fired.
“University Police responding to confirmed active shooter in BEH. This is not a test. RUN-HIDE-FIGHT,” it stated.
UNLV then said that there had been additional reports of shots at the student union.
“University Police responding to additional report of shots fired in the Student Union, evacuate the area, RUN-HIDE-FIGHT,” UNLV wrote on X.
Several students who were in the Beam building told CNN that they had sheltered in place for around 30 minutes until being escorted to safety by police.
They told the news network they had heard multiple gunshots and saw that a window had been shot through.
Scores of flights were delayed across the US as the Federal Aviation Administration put a ground stop in place at nearby Harry Reid International Airport.
The UNLV campus is just a short distance from the site of the 2017 mass shooting where a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd from a suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 60 people.