Updated January 18, 2021 - 7:43 am
A shooting on the Las Vegas Strip early Monday left a man in critical condition.
Las Vegas police Lt. David Gordon said at 12:18 a.m. there was a fight between two groups of men on the casino floor at The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Security officers broke up the altercation and kicked the men off the property.
“A short time later the groups met up at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Palazzo Drive where four males immediately began fighting,” Gordon said. “During the fight one of the males started to retrieve a handgun from his waistband.”
Gordon said the man with the gun and another male started struggling over the weapon.
“During the struggle the gun went off and the victim was shot in the abdomen area,” Gordon said.
The gunman and a second male fled the area to the Treasure Island resort. There, they were taken into custody by police.
The victim was at a local hospital in “critical but stable” condition, Gordon said.
Traffic in the northbound lanes on the Strip was restricted to one lane through the early morning hours. Crime scene tape was stretched across the exit area of the valet area of the Palazzo. Multiple officers were observed in front of The Venetian and across the street at Treasure Island.
Police have recently been cracking down on a rash of violence that began on the Strip in late 2020.
Las Vegas police arrested more than 1,200 people on the Strip during a three-month operation to curb violence in the area.
The Metropolitan Police Department’s Convention Center Area Command arrested 1,229 people around the Strip and confiscated 64 guns from the area during Operation Persistent Pressure, which ran overnight every Friday and Saturday night from Sept. 18 to Dec. 20, according to Metro Capt. Dori Koren.
The Review-Journal is owned by the family of the late Las Vegas Sands Corp. Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson. Las Vegas Sands operates The Venetian/Palazzo/Sands Expo & Convention Center.
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