Three people were killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at a Las Vegas university on Wednesday, police said, with the suspect also killed.
The incident at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a short distance from the gambling hub's tourist-filled Las Vegas Strip, was the latest in the United States, where gun violence is part of everyday life.
“According to our investigators on the scene, we have three deceased victims and one additional victim in critical condition at a local hospital,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department wrote on social media.
“The suspect in this #ActiveShooter incident has also died.”
Police said they responded to calls around noon (2000 GMT) indicating officers had attacked a suspect on campus, where gunshots rang out in at least two locations.
Television footage showed military-style police vehicles driving along the containment lines and dozens of youths being escorted through them.
A woman told local broadcaster KVVU that she heard a series of loud noises and fled to a building on campus, from where she was later evacuated by police.
“I was just having breakfast and then I heard three loud bangs,” she told the station.
“Then two more, and then the police got there and ran in… but after two minutes, boom, boom, boom, more shots. So I ran into a basement, and we were in the basement for twenty minutes.”
Three hours after the shooting broke out, the university continued to urge people to shelter in place, with police working to evacuate each building in turn and the investigation still ongoing.
“The police may come to your door, follow the directions and leave quietly, with your hands clearly visible,” the university said.
Brett Forrest, a reporter for local station KSNV, told CNN that he had been on campus on assignment and remained sheltering there with dozens of students and faculty while they waited for police clearance.
“We're told they're coming one building at a time, letting each building out slowly to make sure no additional victims or anyone else comes in, so it may take a while,” he said.
Universities in the area were closed for the rest of the day and flights to the nearby international airport were halted, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Las Vegas is a gambling and entertainment center that attracts millions of visitors every year, many of whom come to attend large, high-profile events.
Last month the city hosted the first Formula 1 Grand Prix, and in February it will host the Super Bowl, the showcase finale of the professional American football season.
The city was also the scene of one of America's deadliest mass shootings on record, when a gunman opened fire at a crowded music festival in 2017, killing 60 people.
Mass shootings are alarmingly common in the United States, a country where there are more guns than people and where efforts to curb their spread are always met with fierce resistance.
The country has recorded more than 600 mass shootings this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nongovernmental organization that defines a mass shooting as four or more injuries or deaths.
The Washington Post, which keeps its own tally of mass shootings, said there had been 38 such incidents as of Monday, leaving at least four people dead.
Efforts to tighten gun control have been opposed for years by Republicans, staunch defenders of what they interpret as an unfettered constitutional right to own guns.
Political paralysis persists despite widespread outrage over the repeated shootings.
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