- The Las Vegas Strip continues to experience a tide of violent crime, with the latest episode happening at the Stage Door Casino over the weekend.
- The weekend’s shooting was a drive-in where three people got injured and were reported to have stabilized later on Saturday.
- The Strip area and Las Vegas downtown have witnessed increased crime rates this month, surpassing last year’s numbers.
- Metro Police Department has responded by assigning more officers to the Strip area.
A tide of violent crime continued last weekend near the Strip, with the latest episode occurring at the Stage Door Casino, where three people were wounded following a drive-in shooting.
An occupant in a passing vehicle shot into a crowd gathered in a parking lot close to the casino on Saturday. Apparently, the space was the scene of a previous fight.
The victims received treatment at a local hospital, with each of them being in stable condition later that day, according to reports. Metro Police Lt. Frank Humel said the injuries didn’t seem to be life-threatening.
Founded in 1976, the Stage Door Casino soon became known as the destination where Frank Sinatra and friends visited after performing at Caesars Palace at the turn of the 1970s.
Injuries have Resulted from Recent Las Vegas Shootings
Before the Saturday shootings, one person was shot in the leg near the Aria Resort & Casino on Tuesday, also following a fight. However, she suffered minor injuries.
Social media posts indicated that the shooting happened during a birthday party held for MoneyBagg Yo, a rapper who denied that he was the target of the incident.
The other weekend, another person was shot five times during a fight in front of Paris Las Vegas. The victim and another person are recovering from injuries.
That’s not the end of the wave. On September 9, Las Vegas Police seriously wounded Matthew Patton, 37, on the Las Vegas Strip near Elvis Presley Boulevard. Armed with a knife, the man purportedly charged at police, police said.
While talking to the Review-Journal, Las Vegas Metro Capt. Dori Karen said aggravated assaults on or near the Strip have surged 29% when compared to the same period last year. As of September 19, the department’s Convention Center Area Command had 308 aggravated assaults.
During the same period last year, the number of aggravated assaults in the same area was 238. The report added that aggravated assaults involving a firearm rose by 35% this year from 2019 in the Convention Center Area Command.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said recent weeks have seen the police make at least 1,100 arrests and seize 64 firearms in downtown Las Vegas and on the Strip.
Visitors in Las Vegas are to blame for the recent violence, Lombardo said. He told KLAS, a local TV station, that these people can’t go to nightclubs and other entertainment venues because of pandemic-related shutdowns.
Beefing Up Security
More Metro officers were assigned to the Strip locale last week in response to the increased crime rate.
Moreover, Wynn Resorts is set to hire more security officers.
20 people were involved in a fight over Labor Day Weekend at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.