Former ECU professor identified as UNLV shooter

LAS VEGAS, NV (WITN) – A former East Carolina University professor has been identified as the man who shot and killed three staff members and injured another at UNLV Wednesday.

Our station in Las Vegas, KVVU, says the gunman responsible for the attack is Anthony “Tony” Polito.

ECU says Polito was a tenured associate professor when he resigned on January 17, 2017. The university says he began in August of 2001 as an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the College of Business.

The Associated Press is reporting he was trying to get a job at UNLV.

WITN reached out to ECU employees about Polito. One staff member said police came to their home late last night to check on their safety, making sure things were okay because of their previous connection to Polito.

KVVU says Las Vegas police confirmed an active shooter on UNLV’s campus around 12:04 p.m. and reported that they found the suspect dead about 20 minutes later.

Officials say UNLV is closed for the rest of the week.

More about Polito

Polito’s LinkedIn page has him titled as a “Semi-Retired University Professor” in Las Vegas, Nevada.

His resume says before his stint at ECU, Polito’s academic career started at Radford University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics.

He then went on to graduate with his Masters in Business (MBA) from Duke University at Fuqua and most recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Georgia at Terry.

He specifically taught Operations and Supply Chain Management courses at ECU, according to his website,