Two people are dead at a Las Vegas casino after gunfire rocked the lobby, terrifying guests. The shooting, which is being called a murder-suicide, occurred at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino.
Police began receiving calls of multiple shots being fired at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino at around 8:30 p.m. Friday night. When they arrived they found a male, later identified as the shooter, dead at the scene. Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Ray Steiber told USA Today that the suspect shot a female employee of the hotel before turning the gun on himself. The victim was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. She was later pronounced dead.
A motive for the shooting is not known at this time, and the relationship between the shooter and victim is still being investigated.
Although the name of the victim has not been released, the Las Vegas Sun reports she worked at the concierge desk as a vendor for the travel website VEGAS.com. Bryan Allison, CEO of VEGAS.com, told the Sun:
"We were saddened to learn that a member of the VEGAS.com family was the victim of tonight's tragic and senseless killing at the Excalibur. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."
The gun shots, coming a little more than 12 hours after the deadly school shooting in Connecticut, had many in the casino terrified. According to an Associated Press report, 14-year-old Trisha Banks was at the hotel for a holiday cheerleading party along with 80 other cheerleaders. When she heard the gunshots, she hid under some tables until she knew it was safe. She told the AP:
"It's scary after what happened this morning and then this. How can people do this?"
Model Uraina Serna was in a dressing room at the casino when she heard the shots. She tweeted:
"Someone started shooting inside Excalibur & I'm stuck in our dressing room waiting to see if it's safe to come out. It was so scary, I never really expected something like that to happen so close to me."
Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM Resorts, owners of Excalibur, said the hotel and casino would remain open, however the lobby area where the shooting occurred will remain blocked off while the investigation continues.