Caesars Palace Sidewalk Is Site of Las Vegas Strip Shooting
Posted on: August 1, 2023, 12:52h.
Last updated on: August 1, 2023, 12:52h.
A man was shot outside of Caesars Palace Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon, local media reported. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.
His injuries were not critical, and he is expected to survive. Officials did not have updated information on his condition as of Monday.
The shooting took place on the sidewalk in front of the hotel-casino. A Caesars Palace spokesperson confirmed the shooting and its location to Las Vegas TV station KLAS.
Police continued to search for the suspect on late Monday.
The suspect appeared to be inside the Caesars Palace lobby shortly before the shooting, KLAS reported.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers said the assailant fled across the Las Vegas Strip before its officers arrived.
They released a description and photo of the suspect.
He is a thin, Hispanic male. He was dressed in a dark green shirt, black pants, white and black shoes, and was carrying a red and black backpack, according to KLAS.
LVMPD officers did not specify where the shooting took place. But they just said it was in the 3500 block of Las Vegas Boulevard and was reported to police at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday.
Nor did officers provide details on the incident, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Both the victim and the shooter apparently are homeless. It is unclear why the suspect shot the victim, but it may have occurred after the two got into a dispute, Las Vegas TV station KVVU reported.
The same hotel was the site of two violent unrelated incidents in recent weeks.
Last month, LVMPD SWAT team officers got into a standoff with a guest at Caesars Palace.
The July 11 incident lasted for about five hours. Officers negotiated with the hotel guest who had taken a woman hostage in a room at the hotel. He was armed.
Later, he was identified as Matthew Mannix, 36, of Golden, Colo., according to jail records. The victim was his girlfriend.
He broke a window in the 21st floor room and began throwing items, including furniture, out of the window, the Review Journal reported.
Mannix also allegedly said he was going to shoot officers and cut out his girlfriend’s tongue.
He apparently fired shots while inside the room.
Eventually, he was apprehended by SWAT officers. It was determined that he was under the influence of drugs at the time, CBS News reported.
He was charged with kidnapping, coercion with threat of force with a deadly weapon, destruction of property, resisting arrest, and disregard for safety, according to CBS.
He remained in custody as of early this week. His bail was set at $750K. He is next scheduled to appear in court on August 14. He has other charges pending in Colorado.
In May, two women were arrested after a man was fatally wounded in a Caesars Palace hotel room.
The duo, Erika Covington and Arionna “Ari” Taylor, both 20, entered room 535 at the hotel on May 15.
A short time later, they fled the fifth-floor room. One was holding a brown bag containing the man’s stolen belongings, KLAS reported.
About nine hours later, a housekeeper found the lifeless man in the room after she went inside to do a routine cleaning. A security officer was notified, and local police were called to investigate.
The victim, later identified as Bryan Angel Altamirano-Solano, 25, died from a single gunshot to the left chest, according to an autopsy released by the Clark County coroner’s office. The death was ruled a homicide.
The two women were charged with murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, and conspiracy to commit robbery. Both were in custody in the Clark County Detention Center as of this week.