Crime

Professor shot himself to protest Trump, cops say

A veteran professor of sociology at the College of Southern Nevada reportedly shot himself on campus in what police believe was an act of protest against President Donald Trump.

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Witnesses found Mark J. Bird near a college restroom late last month. He was bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his arm, according to police reports.

A short time later, college administrators sent an alert confirming that there was no longer an active threat on campus.

In addition to evidence of the shooting, investigators say they found a $100 bill taped to the restroom mirror with a note specifying it was “for the janitor.”

The report cited witnesses who said Bird said he shot himself as an act of political demonstration.

Police and college sources offered few additional details.

“I appreciate all of the expressions of concern and interest, and I pledge to keep everyone updated should the situation change,” wrote college president Federico Zaragoza in the school’s monthly newsletter.

Bird is expected to appear in court next week to face firearms-related charges.

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