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Two of the three fatalities in the University of Nevada shooting are identified as professors

2023-12-07T23:07:27.203Z

Highlights: Patricia Navarro-Velez, 39, and Cha Jan, "Jerry," Chang, 64, were killed Wednesday in the attack. The assailant had been looking for work at the institute for years and carried with him a list of names of faculty members, including some from another university. The seriously injured man, a 38-year-old visiting professor, is out of danger after receiving medical attention at a local hospital, authorities said. Police have not yet been able to determine the sequence of the shooting because there are no cameras in the buildings where the shooting took place.


Patricia Navarro-Velez, 39, and Cha Jan, "Jerry," Chang, 64, were killed Wednesday in the attack. The assailant had been looking for work at the institute for years and carried with him a list of names of faculty members, including some from another university.


Two of the fatal victims of the shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, that left three dead and one wounded Wednesday were identified by authorities as Patricia Navarro-Velez, 39, and Cha Jan, Jerry, Chang, 64, who were professors at the institution.

The identity of the third fatality was not released because his next of kin have not yet been notified, police said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

The seriously injured man, a 38-year-old visiting professor, is out of danger after receiving medical attention at a local hospital, authorities said.

Police at the scene of the shooting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Dec. 6, 2023. Madeline Carter/Las Vegas Review-Journal via Getty Images

The suspect in Wednesday's shooting on campus had applied for a job at the university but was not hired, according to two senior law enforcement officials briefed on the case.

Officials identified the gunman as 67-year-old Anthony Polito, who was shot and killed by police after a confrontation outside the university. Sources said Polito did not apply for the job recently, so the specific motive for the shooting is unclear.

Polito had been a professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the University of East Carolina, North Carolina, from 2001 to 2017, according to a statement released Thursday by the school. He resigned in January 2017 as a full associate professor.

University President Keith E. Whitfield said in a letter to students Thursday that the shooting at the School of Business had been "the most difficult day in the history of our university," according to The Associated Press.

Withfield added that Navarro-Velez was an accounting professor with a Ph.D. in accounting, who was engaged in research on cybersecurity and data analytics.

Chang was an associate professor of business who had taught at the institution since 2001. He holds undergraduate degrees from Taiwan, Central Michigan University, and Texas A&M, as well as a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh.

No students were injured, according to Withfield.

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, authorities indicated that Polito, who was always referred to as the suspect, possessed a 9mm handgun that had been legally acquired in 2022.

Police said it was not known how many shots were fired.

During the press conference, authorities also showed video showing the suspect after the attack being confronted by a police officer, who proceeded to eliminate him.

The shooting began on the fourth floor of the Beam Hall building and then continued on "multiple" other floors before the suspect was "neutralized" outside the building, Las Vegas Police Sheriff Kevin McMahill said.

Police have not yet been able to determine the sequence of the shooting, because there are no cameras in the buildings where the shooting took place.

A camera was found in the suspect's vehicle, which has allowed authorities to reconstruct his steps. They said that before launching the attack, the suspect was at a post office and sent 22 letters.

He also had a list of names he looked at when he entered the institution, which included people from East Carolina University in North Carolina, where he had worked, McMahill said.

One of those letters, police said, contained a white powder that is being analyzed.

They asked anyone who receives an envelope without a return address not to open it and to contact authorities.

They claimed that he left a kind of will, in addition to the fact that weapons were found.

Source: telemundo

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