Although they do not seem to be terror-related incidents, 2 separate shootings have taken place on Saturday on the Vegas strip.
The first incident occurred as a lone gunman started firing in the vicinity of the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Saturday afternoon. The gunman killed a person and injured another one, then he barricaded himself on a bus, forcing the Las Vegas police to close partially the Las Vegas Strip.
The standoff with the police lasted for 3 hours and it ended with the perpetrator surrendering after a spectacular move from SWAT teams who detonated the side of the bus. The shooting was reported at approximately 10.50 AM local time on a Regional Transit Commission bus located near the Cosmopolitan Hotel at Las Vegas Boulevard close to Harmon Avenue.
The victims were rushed to University Medical Center where 1 was pronounced dead, while the condition of the other victim remains unknown.
LOUD explosion heard & smoke seen rising from area of barricaded bus. Clark County Fire Dept ambulance pulled up to scene, then turned away. pic.twitter.com/AE3twwNOwS
— Kyndell Nunley (@KyndellNews3LV) March 25, 2017
The shooting started on the bus and it is believed the suspect acted alone as he surrendered to the police after a 3 hours standoff at 3.30 pm local time.
The suspect in the bus has surrendered to officers, and is in custody. #LVMPDnews
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) March 25, 2017
The second shooting occurred earlier on Saturday inside the Bellagio hotel, as an armed robbery went terribly wrong and the suspects opened fire, causing a mass panic with tourists feeling the area, while the hotel was put on lock-down.
The robbers targeted the Rolex store inside the Bellagio hotel, with witnesses claiming that robbers used sledgehammers for breaking into the store. Fortunately, there were no injuries nor deaths and one of the suspects was apprehended and is now in police custody.
It is unclear so far if these 2 shootings are somehow related.
KSNV,Las Vegas Review-Journal, Daily Mail