One dead in Fremont Street shooting

LAS VEGAS - One man is dead and another on the run after a shooting on Fremont Street that police described as a "senseless" act of violence.

It began as a fight between a group of people outside the Four Queens casino around 2:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. At some point, a man pulled out a gun and fired one time, striking the victim. The wounded man was rushed to UMC, where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.  Police did not immediately release the name of the victim.

"This seems like an isolated incident," said Metro Lt. Dan McGrath, "People have been drinking, they're intoxicated... An argument escalates and then one of the people inside this group of about six people pulls a gun and fires a shot."

Police reviewed video from multiple surveillance cameras. Lt. McGrath said it appeared the shooter ran through the Golden Nugget and escaped onto downtown side streets. McGrath said the man shed a sweatshirt and left it on the street nearby.

Investigators said people with the victim provided a name for the shooter.  However, police were not immediately able to release that name, pending an investigation.  Detectives were not sure what led to the shooting.

"It's not something that's worth a shooting," said McGrath. "There were no punches exchanged, there's not another weapon out.  It's senseless... Senseless violence."

Patrick Hughes, President and CEO of Fremont Street Experience said safety is the utmost priority downtown.

"This is an open air, pedestrian mall," said Hughes. "It's the busiest tourist street in the city, and it is our absolute priority and responsibility to create a safe environment and provide an entertaining experience."

Hughes said his team works daily with Metro Police and Las Vegas officials to update security plans for Fremont Street.

McGrath said he hoped detectives could secure an arrest warrant for the shooter by midday Wednesday.


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