Published on: August 5, 2022, 07:17.
Last update: 5 August 2022, 07:17.
One person was killed and two others were seriously injured during a shooting Thursday night in a room at The Mirage hotel. The suspect who shot all three at the iconic Las Vegas Strip property remains at large, police have revealed.
The deceased victim died in the room shortly before 8:30 p.m. He was believed to be in his 40s or 50s, police said.
The other two injured victims, both women, were rushed to the University Medical Center for treatment. Both were in critical condition as of Friday morning and likely receiving life-saving treatment. Both were shot multiple times, police said.
The victims and the shooter knew each other before the shooting, police added.
There are reports on social media that the Las Vegas Strip property has been foreclosed on. Guests said they were not allowed to leave the venue for hours after the shooting.
In a tweet at 1:04 a.m. Friday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers warned the public to avoid the area. But police also said it was an “isolated” incident and there was no threat to the general public from the shooter.
There was an altercation that took place in the room between four individuals who we believe all know each other,” LVMPD Capt. Dori Koren told reporters Friday morning. “And during that altercation, the one individual shot the other three.”
Koren said the suspect is a black man. He is a little harder.
Police have not revealed where they suspect the shooter is now hiding. But it’s likely that officers searched The Mirage and the surrounding area shortly after arriving on the Strip. Koren said officers are following “good” leads.
We are very confident that we will catch the killer in this case and close this investigation as we always do,” Koren added. He heads the LVMPD homicide unit.
Officers said they responded to The Mirage within a minute of receiving the first 911 call about the incident. Police and other emergency personnel immediately provided medical assistance to the two female victims. The man was already dead.
Police did not immediately say if they knew the identity of the suspect. Koren also did not say what type of gun was used to shoot the three victims.
Guest in Lockdown
Said Eileen De La Cruz, guest at The Mirage Insider tried to leave the hotel around 8pm on Thursday.
“They didn’t let us out. I asked what was going on. They said, “nothing.” There were never any ads asking us to stay in our rooms or anything.”
Also Saeed Ahmed who works for Pr, was also at The Mirage on Thursday night. He said no one can get to the second through eighth floors. The elevators serving these floors were blocked, he said.
No one is allowed in or out of the main entrance. Officers also went from room to room to check that everyone was OK,” he also revealed on Twitter.
Reports on social media indicate that the shooting took place on the eighth floor of the hotel.
🚨#BREAK IN: A shooting has been reported at the Mirage in Las Vegas involving multiple victims
Multiple authorities are currently responding to a reported shooting at the Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip, with reports of multiple gunshot victims, the hotel is on lockdown. pic.twitter.com/wO4oCRY0yA
— RAWSALERTS (@rawsalerts) August 5, 2022
By 11pm the yellow police tape outside The Mirage had been removed, CLASS, reported a local television station. Guests were dropped back at the hotel by 10:50 p.m., CLASS added.
Police are likely to review footage from the many surveillance cameras at The Mirage and nearby hotels. The investigators also searched the hotel for physical evidence and possible witnesses.
Police worked “hand-in-hand” with security officers at The Mirage Thursday night, Koren said, adding that it made for “a very efficient investigation.”
LVMPD’s relationship with security forces at casinos along the Strip has been “remarkable,” he said.
But one social media poster, Phil Paule, said further Vital Vegas“Is it me, or was Vegas safer when the mob ran it?”
Violence in Las Vegas
Both the Las Vegas Strip and the Fremont Street area have seen violent crime in recent months and years. Metro police have stepped up selective enforcement efforts to combat shootings and similar crimes. Examples are the two initiatives Operation Sustained Pressure and the current increased security in downtown Las Vegas.
“These types of incidents, these types of extreme violence that occur in our city, we take very seriously,” Koren told the media.
“You’ve seen that with all the investigations we do,” Koren added. “We’re fortunate to have the best homicide unit in the country, with the highest clearance rates for a reason. So we are confident that we will solve this case.”