Students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas remembered the chaotic moments following an on-campus shooting. “At first, it didn’t even feel real,” remarked someone.
Following a shooting incident on campus that rocked the city—which is already the scene of the bloodiest mass shooting in modern American history—students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and members of the community expressed their fear and horror in a statement released on Wednesday.
A freshman at UNLV named Jose Lopez, 18, said he heard gunfire as he was on the fourth floor of the business school building watching YouTube videos. There was a loud boom, followed by another.
“My legs began to shake because I was scared,” Lopez remarked. He “froze like a statue” for a moment, then took off running.
Running to the third level, he hid with others in an academic advisory office, which he barred. They all waited there until the cops arrived, using a crowbar to pry open the doors, and led the group out of danger.
The 20-year-old junior studying finance, Connor Friedman, remembered hearing what he thought was construction noise. However, a few minutes later, he became aware that someone was firing a gun close by.
“That’s when I started running,” Friedman remarked. “At first, it didn’t even feel genuine. They seemed to be lying about the incident, in my opinion
He remarked, “People died at my school, in my building, and I was there just a few minutes ago,” expressing how the reality of what happened is only now starting to set in.
The mother of a student said her daughter was “hysterical” when she called with news of the shooting, according to an interview conducted at the scene with a TV news reporter.
The mother claimed, “She heard the screaming and the gunshots.”
The shooter has also died, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported that three victims had died. Police have not yet released the gunman’s identity. According to police, a fourth shooting victim was stabilised after being initially listed in critical condition at a hospital.
Around 11:45 a.m., there were reports of an active shooter, so police were contacted. According to campus Police Chief Adam Garcia, two responding detectives “immediately engaged the suspect in a shootout,” striking the man.
The attack occurred six years after the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States occurred in October 2017 at a country music festival in Las Vegas. There were 588 fatalities and hundreds of injuries.
Friends and family of UNLV students were waiting to hear news on their loved ones in a queue across the street from the university.
The 26-year-old Jayden Rol said that his sister Nicole was secure and was waiting for the cops to come by hiding in a cupboard on campus.
“You hear about shootings all the time,” he said, “and none of it makes sense.”
Jesus Medina, 28, reported that Stephanie, 26, his wife, hunkered down inside her building after receiving an active shooter alert. Stephanie works as an administrative assistant in the English department. He was eager for her to be taken to safety and talked about the racing thoughts that went through his mind while he drove quickly to the university to retrieve her.
“Lord, please don’t let anything happen to my wife,” he pleaded.