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Friends identify woman killed at Venetian company picnic as Sands VP of Casino Operations

Police respond to a deadly shooting at Sunset Park in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018. (KSNV)

The search is on for a man LVMPD considers armed and dangerous.

Police say 42-year-old Anthony Wrobel shot and killed Sands Corporation Executive Mia Banks.

Sources with the Venetian say Banks was sitting alongside Hector Rodriguez, the Sands Corporation Executive Director of table games. The two were enjoying a company picnic at Sunset Park on Sunday evening.

Banks' neighbors can't believe she was shot and killed.

"It's awful; you just don't know anymore. You still have to do your job. You have to do what you do at work, and to think someone would be that upset is not right," says Connie Ballard, a neighbor of Banks.

Police have been on the hunt for Wrobel, and witnesses say the police threw flash bangs Sunday night as they tried locating the murder suspect.

The explosion blew out an apartment window and door. Dixie Lepper lives right across Wrobel's apartment.

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"I think about 1 or 1:30 in the morning, they started announcing anybody who was inside to come out and they said to come out for 20 to 30 minutes and then a big blast happened," said Lepper.

LVMPD officials say this appears to be an isolated event of workplace violence. The victims were targeted.

Retired LVMPD detective Phil Ramos said there was likely a fair amount of planning that went into this targeted attack but “he knows the cops are hot on his trail and there’s no way he’s going to get away with this.”

“They know right now if he had taken a flight and is in another city -- they already know that so they'll be working with authorities to try and track him down,” said Ramos. “If this was a ruse and he just left that car in the parking lot and left from that parking lot ... that's also something they'll be looking at and that might make him a little more difficult to find.”

The Venetian sources say Wrobel is a casino dealer who had been with the company for 14 years.

Police say he was disgruntled.

Victor Burke, who works at the apartment where Wrobel lives, remembers talking to him Sunday afternoon about a locked door. He never showed any sign of violence.

"Did he ever say anything? No, I thought he was a normal guy," said Burke.

Police say Wrobel left the park in a black and purple Dodge Charger. That Charger was found hours later at McCarran Airport's terminal three parking lot.

Wrobel's neighbors hope he is caught soon.

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