A sociology professor at the College of Southern Nevada is now facing felony gun charges in connection with an on-campus shooting that happened on the second day of classes.
Court records show Professor Mark J. Bird was charged in August with discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property.
Professor Mark J. Bird was found bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his arm about 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 28 outside a bathroom in the Charleston campus K building.
Campus police found a $100 bill taped to a mirror inside the bathroom, along with a note saying, “For the janitor,” according to Bird’s arrest report. On the floor of the restroom was a black-and-white, .22-caliber pistol and one spent shell casing.
One college employee told police that he held Bird’s hand to calm him down as others tried to stop the bleeding. While waiting for authorities to arrive, Bird said he had shot himself in protest of President Donald Trump, police noted in their report. The report did not elaborate.
On Tuesday, president of the college’s faculty union Robert Manis, Nevada Faculty Alliance, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he heard numerous rumors regarding the shooting in the last two weeks. He said he expressed concerns about the way the college handled the shooting and about its lack of transparency afterward.
“They never really told the students much about it except that it was resolved on the actual day of the shooting,” he said. “When you don’t give the full details, then rumors go crazy. It’s unfortunate because it made the students and faculty very afraid and allowed rumors to proliferate.”
Lake declined to comment further Tuesday, but he noted that college officials met with faculty and staff immediately after the shooting to provide support and to take suggestions.
Bird’s preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 17 in Las Vegas Justice Court.