Dayton’s game against UNLV cancelled after shooting at UNLV

The men’s basketball game between the Dayton Flyers and UNLV on Wednesday night at UD Arena was cancelled Wednesday afternoon after a shooting earlier in the day on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas, Nev.

“Due to the tragic events unfolding on UNLV’s campus, tonight’s men’s basketball contest between UNLV and the University of Dayton will not be played,” UD announced. “Further information will be released when available. We ask that our fans keep the UNLV community in their thoughts and prayers.”

Kevin McMahill, sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said on X, formerly Twitter, the suspect in the shooting was dead and there was no more threat to the community.

“Right now, we know there are 3 victims,” McMahill said, “but unknown extent of the injuries. That number could change. We will update you when we know more.”

UNLV closed all campus buildings in Las Vegas and statewide and advised people on campus, through its social media accounts, to shelter in place.

UNLV’s team left for Dayton on Monday, according to its social media accounts, and had a shootaround at UD Arena on Tuesday.

Dayton Athletic Director Neil Sullivan told the Dayton Daily News he received a call from UNLV coach Kevin Kruger after news of the shooting broke and then talked to UNLV Athletic Director Erick Harper.

“It was a brief conversation, and he said they were unable to play for all the reasons you could imagine,” Sullivan said. “I said, ‘I understand, and we would connect at the appropriate time on what it means moving forward,’ I just offered our support to them.”

This was the second game in a two-game series that started last November at UNLV. Sullivan did not know if the game will be played at some point in the future.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” he said.

Dayton President Eric F. Spina released a statement on X.

“Our hearts go out to the entire UNLV community as they deal with this tragedy,” Spina wrote. “We pray for healing and strength for UNLV students, faculty, and staff, along with the first responders and their entire community. UD stands ready to support UNLV personnel who’ve traveled to Dayton.”

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