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Three people were shot to death and another person was critically wounded Wednesday by a gunman on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, police said. The suspect, who was not identified, later was found dead, the AP reports. Students and staff members barricaded themselves inside buildings and officers rushed to the campus just before noon when police received reports of an active shooter. "This is not a test," the university wrote in its initial post. "RUN-HIDE-FIGHT."
Professor Kevaney Martin said she, another faculty member, and three students took shelter in her classroom. "It was terrifying, I can't even begin to explain," Martin said. "I was trying to hold it together for my students, and trying not to cry, but the emotions are something I never want to experience again." The group fled the building when another professor arrived and told everyone to evacuate. After about 40 minutes, the campus received the all-clear. The university said the shooter was at the Beam Hall, Frank and Estella Building, home of UNLV's Lee Business School, which sits near the student union. Shots were also reported in the student union itself, KSNV reports.
Student Matthew Felsenfeld says he and about 12 classmates barricaded their door in a building near the student union. "It's the moment you call your parents and tell them you love them," Felsenfeld, a 21-year-old journalism student, told the AP. Police were still clearing evacuating buildings late in the afternoon, per CNN, and asking people who were sheltering in place to remain where they were, citing an "active investigation." A trauma center said it was treating three victims. (More Las Vegas stories.)