Update: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police announced on Monday the arrest of a male juvenile who shot at and injured four people at the Circus Circus property on November 7. The police statement informed that the suspect will face charges of attempted murder, battery with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm, and minor in possession of a firearm.
A dangerous incident
A shooting incident at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday night left three people wounded. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has one person of interest in custody.
The gunfire started inside the Adventuredome theme park on the Circus Circus property after a fight broke out among several people. The LVMPD responded to the incident at approximately 7:30 pm local time after receiving reports of shots fired inside the hotel. While the incident was ongoing, the LVMPD tweeted out a warning to people in the area:
After arriving on the scene, police officers discovered three people with bullet wounds. They began searching for the shooter, with police announcing later that they were questioning a person of interest in custody.
In stable condition
Ambulances brought the three wounded people to the University Medical Center. They are currently in stable condition after suffering non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators are currently trying to figure out the motive of the shooting.
Some videos of the incident circulated on social media. Footage shows a number of people, including men and women, fighting inside of the busy Adventuredome. After three gunshots rang out, people in the area began to scramble, looking for cover.
there is no further threat at this time to anyone else in the public”
Talking to reporters, LVMPD Bureau Commander Dori Koren noted that this was an isolated incident between two different groups. He said: “This is not an active shooter, and we do believe that there is no further threat at this time to anyone else in the public.”
A spate of Vegas shootings
In recent months, there have been a number of shooting incidents on the Las Vegas Strip. In early October, the MGM Grand casino floor witnessed an altercation that led to a gunshot during the struggle for the gun.
September recorded a spate of shootings across the city. A person suffered critical injuries after a shooting incident that took place between the Flamingo and LINQ hotels on September 27. The previous night, three people suffered wounds following a drive-by shooting at the Stage Door bar. Other shooting incidents also took place in September outside of the Paris Las Vegas and the ARIA Resort & Casino.
While crime on the Strip has decreased in recent weeks, there are still concerns. According to Koren, the sheriff is making it a top priority to immediately address violent crime in the city.
Currently, the city is struggling with lower visitor numbers because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of hotels and casinos are now closing during the week as a result of lower demand.