Rejected and Revengeful: The Disturbing Tale of Anthony Polito's University Rampage

The shooter in Las Vegas who killed 3 professors is a longtime professor himself, he had a list of targets and more than 150 bullets

by Sededin Dedovic
Rejected and Revengeful: The Disturbing Tale of Anthony Polito's University Rampage
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Anthony Polito, the 67-year-old gunman who killed three college professors and wounded a fourth at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, had a list of targets and more than 150 bullets, police said. This gruesome crime and triple homicide is one of the worst crimes to hit the University of Nevada.

Clark County Sheriff Kevin McMahill said Polito, who was killed in a shootout with police, was a longtime business professor who lived in nearby Henderson, Nevada, the AP reported. The injured 38-year-old visiting professor was hospitalized Thursday and is no longer in critical but life-threatening condition, McMahill said.

He suffered severe injuries and doctors are fighting to save his life.

The motives of the attack are not entirely clear

The sheriff said at a news conference that investigators are still looking into a motive for the attack, but noted that Polito had applied for several jobs at various colleges and universities in Nevada and had been rejected each time.

It is suspected that the murderer started a murder spree from the revolt, and as we found out, he was not doing well financially either. However, Roseman University of Medical Sciences in Henderson said Polito was contracted to teach two courses in the business administration program from October 2018 to June 2022 and did not teach at the institution after that.

He was a longtime professor

McMahill said targets on Polito's list included faculty members at East Carolina University in North Carolina, where Polito was a professor at the university's business school from 2001 to 2017.

"None of the individuals on the target list became victims," McMahill said. Before the shooting, Polito also sent 22 letters to university professors across the U.S., according to footage reviewed by detectives from the dash cam in Polito's car, McMahill said.

Truly a unique case that shocked the public. Polito carried out Wednesday's attack with a nine-millimeter handgun he purchased legally last year, McMahill said. Authorities said Thursday that Polito appeared to be having financial difficulties. We should have more information about this horrific crime soon.

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