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Homeless 'erratic' man stabs Palazzo security guard in the chest

Police investigate a stabbing Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at the Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip. (KSNV)

Hotel guests taking in the slots at the Palazzo witnessed chaos unfold right in front of them.

Police say a homeless man attacked and stabbed a security guard. The guard is still in critical condition.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Larry Hadfield says it's not clear what led to the stabbing inside the casino. Investigators say the homeless man ran out of the Palazzo.

Surveillance cameras tracked the man across the street, outside of Treasure Island. Officers were able to find the suspect and make an arrest.

"The preliminary information is this man maybe a homeless person that frequents the area so obviously his mental health and his identity," said Hadfield.

Hotel guests inside the Palazzo say the stabbing happened near the roulette tables on the main casino floor.

Mark Shaver, who is from Canada, was in the Palazzo right before the chaos erupted.

"It's not good at all. It's not good whether it's in a casino or whether it's up where I live in Canada or whether it's down here in Las Vegas," said Shaver.

Shaver says the stabbing inside the casino is concerning but stresses he feels safe on the Strip.

"Homeless people you don't know what they are doing half the time," said Shaver. "Some of them are on drugs and who knows whether it was agitated or what it was."

The Palazzo stabbing is just the recent incident of violence to happen on Las Vegas Boulevard. Just this past Monday, police say a man fired a gunshot towards a group of people near the Bellagio. No one was hurt.

"Certainly, today is another example of what police and security have to deal with," said Hadfield.

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