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UNLV Shooter Had Target List, Left Will: Authorities

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 7, 2023 4:51 pm

Las Vegas, Nevada – The man who killed three people on the UNLV campus had a list of targets and left a will before the shooting, authorities revealed Thursday.

Key points:

  • Suspect: Anthony James Polito, 67, applied for numerous positions at UNLV and other universities, but was rejected for all.
  • Weapons: Polito possessed a Taurus 9mm handgun and 11 loaded magazines.
  • Motives: Investigators found a list of targeted individuals, including staff from Polito’s former employer, Eastern Carolina University.
  • Financial struggles: Evidence indicates Polito was facing financial difficulties, with an eviction notice found at his apartment.
  • Letters: Polito sent letters to university personnel across the country on the morning of the shooting. Authorities intercepted 14,000 pieces of mail, finding one containing an unknown powder substance.
  • Warning: Authorities urge the academic community to be cautious of “unsolicited letters with no return address that are taped,” especially if they work at UNLV or Eastern Carolina University.
  • Lone gunman: Police believe Polito acted alone and have no evidence of other suspects.

Sheriff Kevin McMahill:

  • Praised law enforcement officers for quickly stopping the shooting.
  • Cautioned the public to be vigilant and report suspicious activity.


  • Ongoing investigation focusing on motives and potential accomplices.
  • Public urged to come forward with any information.


  • UNLV community grieving the loss of three lives.
  • Counseling and support services available to students and staff.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Credits: KTNV

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