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LVMPD mum about accidental gunfire on New Year's Eve

LVMPD has confirmed that one of its officers accidentally discharged a rifle on Las Vegas Strip on New Year's Eve while moving barricades.  (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

It turns out there was a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, during “America’s Party” on New Year’s Eve.

A rifle being carried by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer was discharged as he helped move a crowd-control barricade, and police say three people reported being injured.

LVMPD confirmed the incident on Tuesday after sources to News 3 reported the shooting, which hadn’t been disclosed by police.

“You pick up the barricade, and you move it. Which begs the question, how did it go off?" asked retired LVMPD detective, Phil Ramos.

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The delay in reporting the shooting has led to speculation that LVMPD was trying to keep the incident a secret.

“An officer's weapon went off and struck a citizen. Just those facts there make you wonder, why in the world wouldn’t they have reported it?” asked Ramos.

LVMPD says it happened at approximately 1:20 a.m., Jan. 1, 2018, but the department has not revealed the officer's name.

Of the three people reporting injuries, one was struck in the leg by a bullet fragment.

Nobody was hospitalized, according to police.

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