Mark Jeffry Bird is a 69-year-old sociology professor who shot himself in the arm, allegedly to protest against President Donald Trump. He was charged with two felonies for firing a weapon on the campus.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Several Witnesses Saw Professor Bird Stumble Out of a Bathroom After He Allegedly Shot Himself
A longtime Las Vegas professor shot himself in arm in a campus bathroom to protest Trump, according to his arrest report→https://t.co/puDxP0Q4kV pic.twitter.com/uPOhuEbPOe
— Las Vegas RJ (@reviewjournal) September 13, 2018
The shooting happened on August 28, 2018 at the Charleston campus of the College of Southern Nevada. The campus is about 7 miles west of downtown Las Vegas.
A faculty member told police she saw Mark Jeffry Bird walk into a restroom around 8:15 a.m.. She then heard a loud noise, which turned out to be a gunshot.
Several witnesses, including at least one student, told police they saw Bird stumble out of the bathroom with blood on his arm. He collapsed on the ground, and someone called 911.
2. Mark Jeffry Bird Told Witnesses He Was Protesting President Trump
The faculty and student witnesses rushed to help Mark Bird and stop the bleeding after he collapsed out of the bathroom. When police arrived, they told officers that Bird had been rambling about President Donald Trump. They said Bird told them he had shot himself as a form of protest against Trump.
After his arrest, Bird granted local news station KVVU-TV an interview at the Clark County Detention Center. But once the reporter sat down, Bird refused to answer her questions. Instead, he stressed, “It’s probably in my best interest not to say too much.”
The reporter asked Bird to confirm whether or not the shooting was in fact in protest of President Trump. Bird responded, “I’m not sure my attorney would want me to say yes or no to that.” He added that his story was complicated and could not be easily summarized. “I don’t want to go into detail. It’s too complex for a 30 or 60-minute news segment.”
3. Mark Bird Apparently Felt Bad About Making a Mess, So He Left $100 For the Janitor in the Bathroom
When police arrived at the College of Southern Nevada, they found .22-caliber pistol in the bathroom and one shell casing. Bird also apparently felt guilty that someone would have to clean up the blood after he shot himself, so he appears to to have planned ahead. Officers found a $100 bill taped to the mirror. There was a note attached to it that read, “For the janitor.”
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, campus officials sent out a message to students shortly after the shooting. The alert confirmed that a professor had been taken to the hospital with a self-inflicted injury and that there was no threat to the campus. The message did not identify Mark Bird by name.
A college spokesman, Richard Lake, spoke with the newspaper. He confirmed that Bird had been an employee with the University of …read more