Gunman opens fire after fight in Caesars Palace casino; 2 wounded
LAS VEGAS -- Gunfire erupted at the Caesars Palace hotel-casino early Saturday when a man who had been knocked down in a fistfight retrieved a weapon and shot two people, police reported.
Police are looking for Richard Earl Shepherd Jr., 34, of Las Vegas, said Officer Ramon Denby of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
The wounded men, whose names were not immediately released, were treated at a hospital and released, Denby said.
The gunshots rang out soon after a fight involving several people began about 4 a.m. near an elevator leading to a parking garage at Caesars Palace.
"Blows were landed; one guy was knocked to the floor," Denby said. That man then "got into the elevator, went upstairs and got a firearm."
The man went back down in the elevator and opened fire as he stepped out, Denby said. He hit one man in the leg and another in the arm.
The dispute may have occurred as a result of remarks made by a group of men to a woman with whom Shepherd was walking, Denby said. Police were also investigating whether it was gang-related.
Caesars spokesman Ken Langdon did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The shooting was the second in a Las Vegas Strip casino in the past month. A man police described as emotionally troubled opened fire July 6 inside the New York-New York casino, wounding four people.
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