Deadly Las Vegas Strip shooting suspect and victim identified

LAS VEGAS - 8 News NOW has learned the name of the suspected involved in the deadly shooting and barricade situation which led to the closure of Las Vegas Boulevard on Saturday.   

55-year-old Rolando Cardenas has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges related to the incident.

Cardenas' identity has also been confirmed by a source with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. 

According to jail records, Cardenas faces charges of open murder, attempted murder, burglary while in possession of a gun, and discharging a gun within a structure or vehicle. 

A 48-hour hearing is scheduled for Monday. 

The incident started around 10:48 a.m. on Saturday on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Cosmopolitan. 

When officers arrived on scene they found two adult men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Medical responders took both victims to the University Medical Center Trauma, police said. 

One man, identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office identified as 57-year-old Gary Breitling of Sidney, Montana, died of his injuries. The other man is expected to survive, according to investigators.  

Cardenas and the victims were seated in the back of the bus when it came to a stop in the 3700 block of Las Vegas Boulevard. 

For no apparent reason, Cardenas stood up fired several rounds as passengers began to get off the bus, police said. While the rest of the passengers escaped, Cardenas remained on the bus. 

LVMPD's Crisis Negotiator Section and SWAT Team responded to took over tactical control of the incident. After a long standoff, Cardenas surrender peacefully, police said. 

Police shut down Las Vegas Boulevard for about four hours while Cardenas was armed and barricaded inside the two-story bus. 

This is the 35th homicide investigation for LVMPD or 2017. 

The family of the victim, Gary Breitling, has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for future expenses. To help click here


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