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Man arrested in connection with shooting on Las Vegas Strip

Updated October 19, 2020 - 11:43 am

Las Vegas police have arrested a man in connection with an early Monday shooting on the Las Vegas Strip near Planet Hollywood Resort.

No one was injured in the 12:54 a.m. shooting.

“There was an altercation between some males at the top of of the escalator on the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon (Avenue),” police Lt. David Gordon said. “One of the males reportedly fired one shot, possibly in the air.”

The shot caused the participants in the altercation to scatter, Gordon said. Two males were initially detained by police. A third man believed to be involved returned to the scene and was taken into custody as well. Las Vegas police officer Misael Parra said the person who fired the shot was arrested. He did not immediately provide further details on the individual’s identity or what charge the individual faces.

Officers were observed scouring a landscaped area at the entry of the Planet Hollywood parking garage.

The shooting is the latest in a string of violence on the Strip dating to early summer. The violence has included a shooting in the valet of Aria, gunfire on the casino floor of the MGM Grand, a stabbing in The Venetian, a shooting in front of Paris Las Vegas, a shooting in front of the Miracle Mile Shops, and a melee in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said he’s convinced police will be able to quell the violence through increased patrols on the Strip. Aggravated assaults are up 29 percent in 2020 compared with the previous year, with gun crimes at the heart of the increase, Lombardo said.

“If we ignored it, it would really be a big problem,” Lombardo said. “But we haven’t ignored it, and we’ve allocated a significant amount of resources to address it.”

The Review-Journal is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson. Las Vegas Sands operates The Venetian.

Contact Glenn Puit by email at gpuit@reviewjournal.com. Follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter.

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