A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police vehicle is seen outside of Arizona Charlie’s Decatur hotel and casino in Las Vegas, where on Saturday the shooting took place.
(Las Vegas Review-Journal via Associated Press)
A gunman was not expected to survive a self-inflicted shot in the head, after he allegedly fatally shot two guards in a Las Vegas hotel room Saturday morning.
The suspect, identified as Christopher Olague, 29, was treated at a hospital Saturday evening, police said.
“I want you to know now that this has nothing to do with terrorism,” Capt. Robert Plummer, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, told reporters near the shooting scene, in a city that is still recovering from an Oct. 1 massacre, in which 58 people were killed.
The police said the uniformed guards killed on Saturday were a man and a woman in their 40s, and that one was armed. Their identities and causes of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
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The shooter’s motive is not known, but researchers believe that it is an isolated incident.
On Saturday, a woman staying at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur hotel and casino called security to her room for 6:35 pm, claimning that the two men who she had invited in the room had forced her, the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
When the two guards arrived, they found only one of the two men inside.
According to the statements of witnesses and a video surveillance, the man, later identified as Olague – let the guards in the room, where an argument ensued, followed by gunshots. The police said that the woman is not with her gun.
The suspect fled the room, and fumbled two carjackings for jumping over a wall in the backyard of a house. The homeowner prevent the defendant from entering through the back door, but he was able to keep the garage as police arrived.
As the police closed in, the suspect shot himself in the head, Metro homicide Lt. Dan McGrath said.
The suspect was transferred to a hospital to be treated for his wounds, which, according to McGrath, did not survive. The suspect was facing several felony charges, including murder, attempted murder, burglary and attempted theft, McGrath said.
According to McGrath, the police has not been in contact with the woman who was originally the security guards or the second man in the room. McGrath said the circumstances of what happened in the room were still unclear.
The victims’ identities have not been released.
The shooting came a day before the police expected tens of thousands of New Year’s Eve revelers on the Strip and three months after the city shared with the deadliest mass shooting in modern AMERICAN history.
Officials have tried to reassure residents and visitors that the city is safe, especially in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 can shoot. A high-stakes player killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more, after he shattered the windows of his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino on the Strip and unleashed gunfire on a country music festival below. He killed himself.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.