Following a shooting at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, which left one man dead and two women in critical condition, a suspect was taken into custody early on Friday.
Officials apprehended the alleged shooter, Billy Hemsley, 54, according to Lt. Jason Johansson of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).
Around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, a caller to 911 reported a shooting that had taken place in a room on the eighth floor of The Mirage Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Four individuals who are thought to have known one another reportedly got into a brawl at the motel. One of the individuals in the room opened fire on the other three as the situation became tense, then fled the scene.
Las Vegas police confident of solving the case
When the police arrived, they found that a guy had already passed away and that two ladies had been injured. The injured were given quick medical attention by officers and security staff.
The injured women were sent right away to the University Medical Center because they were in critical condition, according to Metropolitan Police Department Captain Dori Koren.
The culprit, later identified as Hemsley, was not immediately identified by the police, but they asserted that at least one person in the room had ties to the neighbourhood.
Posts on social media about The Mirage Hotel highlight police response
On Thursday night, visitors to The Mirage uploaded photos of Las Vegas police officers walking around the lobby online. A security guard is seen in the footage barring visitors from entering or leaving the hotel. In another video, a policeman is seen walking into the hotel while holding a ballistic shield.
On social media, several witnesses said that the hotel was put on lockdown at around 9:30 p.m. as police examined each room to make sure that everyone was okay. Then, probably after 10:50 p.m., security allowed individuals to reenter.
Significant police presence was present outside the hotel, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department issued a warning to residents to avoid the area while investigations are continuing.
According to the authorities, the shooting at the renowned hotel was “an isolated act.” No threat to the public, according to Koren.