2 Killed In Murder-Suicide At Entrance Of Las Vegas' Excalibur Hotel
A man shot a woman before taking his own life at the entrance of the Excalibur last night in full view of frightened patrons on a busy Friday night.
Shots rang out around 8:30 pm at the concierge desk, sending poker players on the casino floor fleeing for safety, according to the Las Vegas Sun. No one else was injured in the shooting.
The female victim was a vendor at a concierge desk for the website VEGAS.com. She was transported to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead. VEGAS.com Chief Operating Officer Bryan Allison 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."
The man was pronounced dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Neither the man nor woman have been identified, and it's not clear what the relationship was between them.
The shooting happened in full view of patrons, whose nerves were already frayed by tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School earlier that day.
"It's scary after what happened this morning (in Newtown, Conn.) and then this. How can people do this?” Trisha Banks, a cheerleader in town for a cheerleading party, told the Sun."
Another young cheerleader witnessed the shooting, sending out this tweet:
The hotel remained open, although the area where the shooting occurred was blocked off while police investigated. The hotel sent out a tweet to those affected by the shooting:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved in this senseless event.— Excalibur Las Vegas (@ExcaliburVegas) December 15, 2012