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Police arrest ‘delusional’ man on Strip following a fatal bus shooting

Police Arrest 'delusional' Man On Strip Following A Fatal Bus Shooting

L.E. Baskow[1]

A suspect finally surrenders to SWAT officers after being barricaded for many hours on a bus after a fatal shooting in the vehicle earlier today along the Strip outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Updated 1 hour, 15 minutes ago

An apparently delusional man indiscriminately opened fire inside a bus on the Strip this morning, killing one person, wounding another, and barricading himself inside the vehicle, prompting authorities to shut down a stretch of the Strip for several hours while officers negotiated his surrender, according to Metro Police. Police stressed that the shooting, which transpired on the second floor of a Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada bus, was isolated and wasn t thought to have a nexus to terrorism. Officers, who arrived at the scene near the Cosmopolitan almost immediately after the rounds went off about 10:45 a.m., encountered fleeing passengers and quickly determined the suspect was still on the bus, Metro Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts said.

The two wounded people, who were believed to be unknown to the gunman, were rushed to University Medical Center where one of them died and the other, who was shot once in the stomach, is expected to recover, Roberts said. What followed for more than four hours were attempted negotiations with the suspect, who as of this evening had not been formally identified, police said. At least one loud bang not attributable to gunfire was reported during the standoff. During the standoff, the suspect fired off more rounds as officers sent robots to the bus, Roberts said, but officers did not return fire.

Then about 3:15 p.m., negotiators convinced the man to drop his .45-caliber handgun and peacefully surrender, Roberts said. No one else was inside the bus. Metro’s tactical phase has been completed at that point and the probe was turned over to homicide detectives, police said. Metro spokesman officer Larry Hadfield urged those in or around the bus during the shooting to contact police at 702-828-7777.

Further details on the suspect, only described as being a local in his 50s and “delusional,” hadn’t been released as of Saturday evening. Roberts said he “didn’t seem to have a motive” for firing his gun. Photographs captured the man, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans, flip flops and a light orange cap, being hauled off by heavily-armed SWAT officers wearing helmets and carrying shields. Traffic was shut down on Las Vegas Boulevard between Flamingo Road and Harmon Avenue. Northbound traffic reopened soon after the suspect surrendered and the rest of the closures were lifted about 5:20 p.m., RTC said. Sidewalks near the incident also were closed to foot traffic, marking one of the rare occasions when the Strip was empty of pedestrians and cars alike. And during the standoff and sometime after, hotel and casino patrons trapped between the perimeter were not allowed to exit through the front doors, police said.

Standing in a denim jacket with her hands folded across her chest, Cosmopolitan guest Remy Camacho, 47, walked across the casino from a slot machine where she was seated at the north end of the venue to step outside just after 5 p.m. The main entrance at the time remained guarded by a set of chairs and a security guard who said “negative” when asked if he knew when it would reopen. Camacho said she hadn’t been given any news of the barricade outside by the resort, but “could live with” not going out the front door for the afternoon. She expressed concerns for proximity of the shooting to where she was enjoying her Las Vegas vacation.

“That’s kind of scary that it happened right here,” said Camacho, who lives in San Diego. “What’s to stop someone from coming inside and doing that?”

Foot traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard near the site of the barricade had both tourists and locals alike grumbling impatiently as they tried to navigate through heavy crowds. Walking north past the Linq minutes after the suspect was reported captured, Las Vegans Hannah Savage, 24 and Amanda Pearla, 25, compared the jammed pedestrian flow to that of the year’s busiest summer weekends on the Strip and even New Year’s Eve.

“It’s definitely not this hard to get around normally,” said Savage, a 15-year Las Vegas resident.

“At this time, we can confirm Las Vegas Metro Police Department is investigating an ongoing incident on Las Vegas Boulevard near The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas,” the Cosmopolitan said in a statement. “We are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials and have no further details pending investigation.” The Cosmopolitan said the safety of their guests was a top priority.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the rider who was fatally shot, and we also extend our sincere sympathies to the injured victim, the bus operator and the other passengers who were aboard during this tragic incident,” Angela Castro, a spokeswoman for the RTC, said in a statement. “The safety and security of our transit riders, contractors and staff is our utmost priority. We are working closely with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and remain committed to providing a safe public transportation system.”

Police stressed that the incident wasn’t connected to a Hollywood-film-like heist at a high-end jewelry store at the nearby Bellagio about 10 hours earlier, police said. Clark County Fire Department command staff responded to the scene with Metro, fire officials said in a statement.

References

  1. ^ L.E. Baskow (lasvegassun.com)

Strip reopens after lengthy standoff with ‘delusional’ gunman on bus

Strip Reopens After Lengthy Standoff With 'delusional' Gunman On Bus

L.E. Baskow[1]

A suspect finally surrenders to SWAT officers after being barricaded for many hours on a bus after a fatal shooting in the vehicle earlier today along the Strip outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Saturday, March 25, 2017. By [2] (contact[3]), [4] (contact[5])

Updated Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 8:35 p.m.

Bus Shooter on Strip[6]

Strip Reopens After Lengthy Standoff With 'delusional' Gunman On BusLaunch slideshow [7]

Parts of the Las Vegas Strip were closed for more than four hours today as Metro Police negotiated with an apparently delusional man suspected of killing one person and wounding another in a late morning shooting on a double-decker bus. The man barricaded himself inside the bus near the Cosmopolitan which forced police to shutdown the Strip from Flamingo Road to Harmon Avenue while negotiating his surrender.

Metro Police stressed that the shooting, which transpired on the second floor of a Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada bus, was isolated and wasn t thought to have a nexus to terrorism. Officers, who arrived at the scene near the Cosmopolitan almost immediately after the rounds went off about 10:45 a.m., encountered fleeing passengers and quickly determined the suspect was still on the bus, Metro Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts said. The two wounded people, who were believed to be unknown to the gunman, were rushed to University Medical Center where one of them died and the other, who was shot once in the stomach, is expected to recover, Roberts said.

During the standoff, the suspect fired off more rounds as officers sent robots into the bus, Roberts said. He said officers did not return fire. Then about 3:15 p.m., negotiators convinced the man to drop his .45-caliber handgun and peacefully surrender, Roberts said. No one else was inside the bus. As of this evening the man hadn’t been identified. Further details on the suspect, only described as being a local in his 50s and “delusional,” hadn’t been released as of Saturday evening. Roberts said he “didn’t seem to have a motive” for firing his gun. Photographs captured the man, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans, flip flops and a light orange cap, being hauled off by heavily-armed SWAT officers wearing helmets and carrying shields.

Northbound traffic reopened soon after the suspect surrendered and the rest of the closures were lifted about 5:20 p.m., RTC said.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the rider who was fatally shot, and we also extend our sincere sympathies to the injured victim, the bus operator and the other passengers who were aboard during this tragic incident,” Angela Castro, a spokeswoman for the RTC, said in a statement. “The safety and security of our transit riders, contractors and staff is our utmost priority. We are working closely with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and remain committed to providing a safe public transportation system.”

Sidewalks near the incident also were closed to foot traffic, marking one of the rare occasions when the Strip was empty of pedestrians and cars alike. And during the standoff and sometime after, hotel and casino patrons trapped between the perimeter were not allowed to exit through the front doors, police said. Standing in a denim jacket with her hands folded across her chest, Cosmopolitan guest Remy Camacho, 47, walked across the casino from a slot machine where she was seated at the north end of the venue to step outside just after 5 p.m. The main entrance at the time remained guarded by a set of chairs and a security guard who said “negative” when asked if he knew when it would reopen.

Camacho said she hadn’t been given any news of the barricade outside by the resort, but “could live with” not going out the front door for the afternoon. She expressed concerns for proximity of the shooting to where she was enjoying her Las Vegas vacation.

“That’s kind of scary that it happened right here,” said Camacho, who lives in San Diego. “What’s to stop someone from coming inside and doing that?”

Foot traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard near the site of the barricade had both tourists and locals alike grumbling impatiently as they tried to navigate through heavy crowds. Walking north past the Linq minutes after the suspect was reported captured, Las Vegans Hannah Savage, 24 and Amanda Pearla, 25, compared the jammed pedestrian flow to that of the year’s busiest summer weekends on the Strip and even New Year’s Eve.

“It’s definitely not this hard to get around normally,” said Savage, a 15-year Las Vegas resident. Officials at the Cosmopolitan said the safety of their guests was a top priority.

“We are cooperating fully with law enforcement officials and have no further details pending investigation,” said a statement issued by property officials.

At the Bellagio, at least 20 guests stood mingling with each another near the resort’s front doors and observing as valet and other staff stood by luggage carts lined in front of the doors.

“It’s Metro’s call,” said a valet manager just after 4:45 p.m. when asked when the doors might reopen. “They have to clear the scene.”

Police stressed that the incident wasn’t connected to a Hollywood-film-like heist at a high-end jewelry store[8] at the nearby Bellagio about 10 hours earlier, police said.

Most interviewed guests at the respective hotels said while they were aware of the morning’s barricade and the robbery at the Bellagio earlier in the morning, the weekend events were nothing more than an inconvenience, because they had to exit out of the hotels’ parking garages instead of their front doors.

“I wouldn’t say I’d never come back here,” said Bellagio guest Brian Markley of Baltimore. “This rarely happens.”

References

  1. ^ L.E. Baskow (lasvegassun.com)
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  3. ^ Chris Kudialis contact page (lasvegassun.com)
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  5. ^ Ricardo Torres-Cortez contact page (lasvegassun.com)
  6. ^ Bus Shooter on Strip (lasvegassun.com)
  7. ^ Bus Shooter on Strip (lasvegassun.com)
  8. ^ Hollywood-film-like heist at a high-end jewelry store (lasvegassun.com)

UFC star McGregor’s fine for Vegas pre-bout fracas reduced

LAS VEGAS

Nevada athletic officials on Wednesday significantly reduced the penalty they imposed on UFC star Conor McGregor following a profanity-laced, bottle-throwing fracas with a rival during a pre-fight news conference last year in Las Vegas. The Nevada Athletic Commission approved an agreement with McGregor that settled on a $25,000 fine, 25 hours of community service and a little over $1,000 for the state’s legal costs. The commission had previously penalized McGregor with 50 hours of community service and a $150,000 fine, of which half was meant to go toward an anti-bullying public service announcement. Commission chairman Anthony Marnell III said he believes the $150,000 penalty was too high, even though he voted to approve it, and denied that McGregor was receiving preferential treatment. That fine, which was recommended by the attorney general’s office, was calculated as a percentage of the $3 million that McGregor was paid for his Aug. 20 decision win over Nate Diaz during UFC 202.

“If you go out and look in all of sports for things that get thrown, the fines are not very high for whatever reason,” Marnell said after the hearing. “I think that we didn’t have any precedence to go on here… Usually, when somebody comes before us with a doping violation, we have a lot of precedent for that. Throwing a Monster can and a water bottle at a press conference, that’s a first.”

McGregor arrived about half hour late to the Aug. 17 press conference touting the highly anticipated fight, a rematch five months after a bout Diaz won by submission. As McGregor answered questions, Diaz stood up and left the stage. Diaz and McGregor and members of their groups yelled at each other and eventually began hurling water bottles at one other. A complaint by the Nevada state attorney general’s office said a security officer received a minor injury when he was struck by a beverage can. Diaz paid his $50,000 fine. Marnell said Diaz will be given an opportunity to have his fine reconsidered by the commission and possibly get a reimbursement.

McGregor’s attorney, Jennifer Goldstein, said the fine will be paid Wednesday. Her client has six months to complete the community service, which he can carry out anywhere he wants, according to the agreement. Commissioners discussed the possibility of McGregor having anti-bullying conversations with children.

“It’s the type of situation that one hopes it had never happened, bu he thinks that the resolution was fair,” Goldstein said after the meeting. “I won’t purport to speak for him, but I think that his testimony at the last hearing showed that he in fact understands the severity of the impact it had.”

McGregor listened to the meeting by phone and did not speak. After the commission imposed the fine in October, McGregor filed a petition in a Las Vegas court indicating his intention to ask a judge to review the commission’s decision. The agreement signed Wednesday bars McGregor and the commission from suing each other in connection with the disciplinary action. The commission can approve any license applications from McGregor after he pays the fine and attorney’s fees, even before he completes the community service.

McGregor has been vocal about his willingness to box against Floyd Mayweather Jr., though both fighters would have to clear a number of hurdles to make it happen. Bookies in this gambling city don’t give McGregor much of a chance, with Mayweather being a whopping 25-1 favorite in odds posted at a sports book last month.

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