Shooting at The Degree party, suspect at large

The Degree Housing Complex located on Cottage Grove Ave. and Maryland Parkway. Photo by Jimmy Romo

At The Degree Housing Complex, there was a party hosted on the fifth floor that left a victim shot in the hallway of the student apartment complex around midnight where University Police Services (UPD) and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) responded. 

UNLV students were alerted over text at around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 23, that there was a shooting on campus at The Degree on the fifth floor. A suspect was identified as a Black male wearing black clothing, but remains at large escaping in a white vehicle. The shelter-in-place lasted until 2 a.m. where officers believed there was no longer an imminent threat. 

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a victim that had suffered a gunshot wound deemed non-life-threatening. They were transported to the hospital. According to witnesses, the suspect and victim are not UNLV students. 

Students and parents took to Twitter to repost the alert UPD tweeted that left a few concerned, including a father of a student and UNLV alumni, Scott Gulbransen initially tweeting, “Real nice getting a text from your son at #UNLV about a shooting on the floor of his on-campus student apartment…no media in Vegas is reporting. Amazing how universities keep incidents like this hush-hush. Relieved he’s OK.”

The Scarlet & Gray Free Press reached out to Gulbransen for a statement, “As a father of a student who lives at The Degree it’s troubling as of 1 p.m. Sunday we still have not heard anything from management or UNLV. A shooting inside a university apartment is beyond troubling and clearly no one at UNLV cares to communicate with families.” This is still an open investigation that UPD and LVMPD are working on where no arrests have been made. UPD has yet to respond to the Scarlet & Gray Free Press, but for any tips on identifying or locating the suspect, please contact 702-895-3668.


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