UPDATE: UNLV shooting suspect was wanted felon

LAS VEGAS - ​The suspect wanted in a shooting at UNLV Thursday morning has been taken into custody by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

He has been identified as Kevin Kealoha, 34 and he is a wanted felon in Nevada and Hawaii. According to deputies in Hesperia, he was taken into custody after a carjacking at gunpoint and a police pursuit that resulted in him crashing.

Kealoha was also a  responsible for a carjacking spree in Las Vegas, police said.

The UNLV shooting happened around 10:20 a.m. Thursday near the university's public safety building on Harmon Avenue near Swenson Street and involved two vehicles. No one was injured.

The driver of one of the vehicles was a UNLV employee with her 11-year-old daughter. She told police that the car followed her onto the campus and the driver fired several shots and then drove away. 

The woman did tell police, she believed the shooting might have stemmed from a road rage incident.

The suspected shooter drove off from the scene in a 4-door black sedan.

About 10 minutes after the shooting at UNLV, Henderson Police received a call from a homeowner who said he had been carjacked when he was backing out of his driveway in a neighborhood near Robindale and Pecos roads. Police responded and found the suspect's car ditched in the neighborhood.

About 15 minutes after that incident, police received another call of a carjacking, this time in the area of Green Valley Parkway and Warm Springs where they located the stolen car and learned another car was carjacked from an apartment complex.

NHP believes they may have come across the suspect during a traffic stop earlier in the morning at I-15 northbound and Charleston. The suspect fled the scene and troopers pursued him but backed off after he ran several red lights, NHP said.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. 

The shooting caused UNLV students and personnel to shelter in place until police could determine when the area was safe.

 


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