LAS VEGAS, NV – The recent shooting at UNLV that left three professors dead has raised questions about the motive behind the attack. The gunman, Anthony Polito, had applied for four positions at the university but was not considered for any of them, according to a school spokesperson.
The incident took place on December 6th, when Polito, 67, opened fire on the Las Vegas campus, killing three professors from the Lee Business School and injuring a fourth. It was later revealed that he had applied for three assistant professorships and a lecturer position at UNLV, all of which did not advance beyond the initial review process.
According to the university, Polito had a history in academia, having worked as a temporary instructor at the University of Northern Iowa and taught courses during his graduate studies at the University of Georgia. His most recent position was as an adjunct faculty member at Roseman University in Henderson for the Master of Business Administration program.
Polito’s online presence portrayed him as a scholar with an MBA from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He also expressed his love for teaching on his LinkedIn page, stating that his greatest takeaway from his years in higher education was the positive feedback from his students regarding his instruction and disposition towards them.
The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, and the investigation is still ongoing. Regardless of the circumstances, the incident has brought attention to the issue of campus safety and the importance of mental health awareness in academic institutions. The university and the community are left grappling with the aftermath of the tragic event, while also seeking ways to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.