Over the past few months, Las Vegas has been subject to violent events, including shootings, fights, and other similar attacks. Police have tried to stop the activity, but incidents continue to occur. Over the weekend, the activity seems to have bled into nearby Laughlin, where a woman was sent to the hospital after being shot by her boyfriend at the Aquarius Casino Resort.
Details of the Shooting
The shooting incident took place at the casino in the early morning hours on Sunday. A man and woman were in a hotel room of the casino and before 7:20 am, the shooting took place. Reports state that the shooting took place due to a struggle in the hotel room. The man was arrested, and it was later revealed that he was the woman’s boyfriend.
The names of those involved remain withheld but we do know that the woman is recovering in the hospital. The type of injuries she sustained also remain a mystery. We expect more details to come out in the case as time moves forward. Police in Bullhead City, Arizona have been providing input as that is apparently where the duo traveled from to Laughlin.
Unfortunately, this was not the only shooting to take place over the weekend. Just two days before, a man was found dead in a hotel room of the Strat Hotel, Casino and SkyPod. This casino is located at the north end of the Strip.
Police reported that the shooting took place at a birthday party in the hotel room. Like with other shootings in the area, an altercation broke out and shots were fired. People fled the room once the shooting began.
Police took the weekend to review surveillance footage from the hotel to try and find the shooter. Officers are hoping to piece together information so that they can figure out where the shooter went and catch him, so that he faces charges for the crime.
Nevada Struggling to Recover
The incidents this weekend come at a time when Nevada is struggling to recover. Revenues are down considerably due to the lack of casino operations and tourism. Casinos have been restricted for quite some time due to the Coronavirus pandemic and as case counts are not coming down, more restrictions are being put in place.
Casinos must operate at lower capacity levels and keep current health and safety restrictions in place. Venues are doing well to mitigate the virus, but people still seem to be leery to travel. Players do not want to travel into Las Vegas due to fear of contracting the virus as well as possibly being subjected to a violent attack.
Police are trying to get a handle on the violence, but incidents are still taking place. Officers have traveled the area on foot as well as in vehicles to try and stop violent acts from occurring.
The state is hoping that in time, the virus will start to subside, and the gambling industry will thrive once again. The state relies heavily on the gambling industry as a whole and without the hundreds of millions in revenues the industry provides, the state will be subject to a major budget shortfall for the next few years.