CNN) — Three people are dead following a shooting on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, campus, Las Vegas Metro Police say, and a fourth is in critical condition at a hospital.
“According to our investigators at the scene, we have three deceased victims and one additional victim in critical condition at a local hospital. The suspect in this #activeshooter incident is also deceased,” the department said on X.
A number of victims have been taken to hospitals, Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Kevin McMahill told reporters at an earlier news conference.
The suspect’s motive is unclear, the sheriff said.
Police responded earlier Wednesday to reports of a shooting with multiple victims on the campus, near Beam Hall, the home of the university’s Lee Business School, according to an earlier social media post.
At 11:54 a.m. local time, the university posted an emergency notice online, saying, “University Police responding to report of shots fire in BEH evacuate to a safe area, RUN-HIDE-FIGHT.”
Shortly after, the university also said on X police were responding to “additional report of shots fired in the Student Union,” and advised people to evacuate the area.
“I was sitting outside, I was just having breakfast. I heard three loud booms and I was like, oh, what was that?” a student told CNN affiliate KVVU. “Police showed up, then I ran inside.
“After two minutes, more shots. I ran into the basements, and I was there for 20,” the student said. “I was just hearing a lot of shots.”
This latest incident comes as students are in the middle of a study week before taking final exams and going on winter break, in the same city that suffered the worst mass shooting in modern US history in 2017.
Shooting took place near scene of deadliest mass shooting in modern US history
UNLV is located just a few miles from the site of that mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, which left at least 58 people dead and hundreds more wounded. In the years after the massacre, two more victims died of shooting-related injuries.
The White House said it is monitoring the shooting reported at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) “very closely.”
The second gentleman is already scheduled to deliver remarks tonight at the Newtown Action Alliance Foundation’s 11th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, the White House added.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
CNN’s Sara Smart, Brammhi Balarajan and Amanda Jackson contributed to this report.