Las Vegas Metropolitan Police are on the hunt for a gunman involved in a shooting at the ARIA Resort & Casino late Tuesday. An individual fired several gunshots in front of the casino, injuring one person.
This incident is the latest in a long line of violent events that have occurred on the Las Vegas Strip over the past few weeks. Other casinos have been the locations of shootings, as well.
The shooting at the ARIA took place just after 11pm on Tuesday night. A group of people were gathered in the valet area outside the casino when an altercation occurred.
Twitter users took to social media during the incident and claimed it took place during a birthday party for rapper MoneyBagg Yo. Police, however, have not confirmed this was the case. MoneyBagg Yo also said on Instagram that neither he nor anyone at his party was targeted.
Several bystanders posted videos of the incident on Twitter. Be aware that the video below contains explicit language and, while no violence is depicted, the footage may be upsetting to some viewers:
Lt David Gordon commented on the shooting, stating that during the altercation, at least one person fired a gun, though it may have been fired into the air. A woman suffered an injury during the incident, which Gordon classified as a “minor grazing injury for which (she) was treated at the hospital and discharged.”
Police are now on the hunt for the suspect who fired the weapon. No more information is available at this time as to who exactly the police are searching for.
Increased violence on the Strip
The ARIA shooting is one of several violent events to take place on the Las Vegas Strip in the past few weeks. Over the weekend, a man was shot in front of the Paris Las Vegas during a fight. Fortunately, the victim survived.
Patton threatened officers with a knife”
Earlier this month, police shot and killed 37-year-old Matthew Patton after he led them on a short car chase southbound on Las Vegas Boulevard. An officer forced Patton’s car onto the median, at which point the chase continued on foot. Patton threatened officers with a knife and was shot after repeated calls for him to drop the weapon.
At the beginning of September, police confirmed an increase in violent acts on the Strip. For the most part, the incidents involved fighting in tourist areas.