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2 dead after shooting at Las Vegas Strip hotel

By Ken Ritter

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:32 a.m. HST, Dec 15, 2012

LAS VEGAS » A man shot and fatally wounded a woman, then killed himself Friday at the Excalibur hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip, sending many patrons fleeing in fear.

It happened at about 8:30 p.m. near the high-rise hotel’s front entrance, Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Ray Steiber said.

The man died at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting the woman, who was a vendor at Excalibur’s concierge desk, Steiber said. The woman was pronounced dead later at a local hospital.

Neither the gunman nor the victim was identified, and Steiber said the relationship between the two wasn’t immediately clear.

The shootings happened as the hotel’s front desk was busy on a Friday night with the National Finals Rodeo and other events in town. Steiber said patrons scattered at the first sound of gunfire, and no one else was wounded.

Witnesses on the casino floor said they saw poker players abruptly leaving their tables and many distraught people running for the exits after the gunshots rang out, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Trisha Banks, 14, and her sister Danielle Banks, 17, were at the hotel for a holiday cheerleading party with 80 other cheerleaders when they heard four shots. They hid under some tables until the situation was cleared about 10 minutes later.

“It’s scary after what happened this morning (in Newtown, Conn.) and then this,” Trisha Banks told the Sun. “How can people do this?”

The woman who was shot worked at the concierge desk as a vendor for the travel website VEGAS.com, which is owned by the Greenspun family, publishers of the Las Vegas 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,” VEGAS.com Chief Operating Officer Bryan Allison told the newspaper. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”

MGM Resorts International owns the Excalibur and several other hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.

Company spokesman Gordon Absher said the hotel and casino remained open to guests and patrons. However, the area where the shooting took place was cordoned off by police while the investigation was under way.

The Excalibur has approximately 4,000 rooms and is located at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. The hotel is named for the mythical sword of King Arthur.

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allie wrote:
the nightmare continues
on December 15,2012 | 07:16AM
HD36 wrote:
In this society its every man for himself.
on December 15,2012 | 09:30AM
kainalu wrote:
Again, a person is gunned-down on-average every-hour in the United States. We lose more citizens to gun-violence every-year than we've lost total combat soldiers in both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. If a gun is used at all, it is exponentially more likely to be used against the gun-owner, or someone associated with the gun-owner like family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers. Unless by law-enforcement, a gun used in "self defense" by ordinary citizens is so rare, it doesn't even register in some states - Hawaii for instance. Finally, you can fully support the 2nd Amendment, and still advocate for common-sense gun-control. You don't have to be a member of the NRA or support their policies to own a gun in this country. Just the cold hard facts, not to be confused with "out of my cold dead hands".
on December 15,2012 | 09:56AM
Waterman2 wrote:
I am pro gun ownership and even concealed carry.........and you are right, common sense gun control is a must, in fact it is the NRA position........problem is there are out of control people running around. Personally, I think our real problem is overcrowding, lack of personal accountability and things like forcing God out of our schools, lack of facilities to help mentally disturbed folks, and general break down of family units, drunkenness, drug proliferation, etc. In short a society and culture run amuck. Once the rules that we organize society with are deemed unworthy and eroded away piece by piece, our newest citizens become confused, don't really know boundaries and the percentages of violent and insane behavior rise. Hawaii hunter Ed program tries to educate , does a pretty good job of it, but the mall shooting and the school, both were stolen weapons......in Hawaii if a weapon is stolen and reported, it absolves the owner. If loaned or unreported theft, the owner is liable. Perhaps, there should be stronger rules re stolen weapons........
on December 15,2012 | 10:30AM
HD36 wrote:
If overcrowding caused mass homicides Oahu would be the number one place in the nation. Not to say it can't happen here, like the Xerox building but states that have open carry without a permit, even in a car, like Idaho, have the lowest violent crime rates in the nation. If you know that alot of other people are carry guns, you're less likely to kill more than one person before someone shoots you.
on December 15,2012 | 11:29PM
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