Officials from Nevada identified the third victim of the shooting that occurred at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
She taught upper division courses in Japanese culture, business, language and business.
Dr. Takemaru worked as an associate professor at the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. She was an award-winning teacher, a renowned scholar, and an author. She just celebrated her 20th anniversary as a faculty member at UNLV. “Dr. Takemaru coordinated Japanese programs and taught many courses on Japanese business, culture, and language,” UNLV president Keith Whitfield wrote.
Three people were killed and one injured in the shooting that occurred at UNLV on Wednesday. Sheriff Kevin McMahill has identified the suspect, Anthony James Polito (67), who was shot by responding police officers.
Patricia Navarro was also killed, as well as Cha Jan Chang, a business professor and assistant professor in UNLV’s Accounting Department.
McMahill stated that Polito, a Henderson resident, had applied “numerous times” for positions at several higher education institutions located in Nevada. Each time, he was rejected.
Polito kept a list of “people” he “wanted” to find on campus, including at East Carolina University, where he had previously worked.
McMahill reported that Polito sent 22 letters with no return addresses to university employees in different parts of the country, including one containing a powdery white substance. Later, the substance was determined to be harmless.
The suspect was carrying 11 magazines when he arrived on campus, according to police. He had a Taurus 9mm handgun that he purchased legally in the year 2022.
McMahill stated at a Wednesday press conference that the first 911 call was made at 11:45 am. He stated that two police officers received minor injuries after searching the campus buildings and rooms.
The two detectives that responded initially engaged the suspected shooter, and fired their guns, killing him.