Washington, Dec 7 (EFE). – The perpetrator of the shooting at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas has been identified as Anthony Polito, a 67-year-old man who had retired after a career as a university professor, media reported on Thursday.
The man who ended the lives of three university employees on Wednesday had applied for a position as a professor at the institution but did not get it, according to police sources.
These sources added that authorities are considering the possibility that the attack may have been directed at people with whom Polito had a past interaction or relationship.
Two of the dead victims have already been identified: ChaJan Chang, a 64-year-old teacher, and Patricia Navarro Vélez, a 39-year-old teacher. The name of the third victim has not yet been released.
Polito, who worked as an economics professor at East Carolina University in North Carolina, died on Thursday in a confrontation with police officers who came to the university campus to control the situation.
The Las Vegas police were alerted to the shooting at the city’s university at 11:46 am local time.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, issued a statement deploring the shooting in Las Vegas and two others that occurred yesterday in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, in which six people died.
The Democratic leader reiterated his call for Republicans in Congress to support his proposal to veto the sale of assault weapons, which are used in many shootings.
According to the organization Gun Violence Archive, in 2023 there were 632 mass shootings, those in which at least four people are injured or killed in a single incident, not including the perpetrator. EFE