Suspect arrested after deadly shooting, barricade on Las Vegas Strip bus

A suspect is taken away after surrendering to SWAT officers after he barricaded himself inside a public bus after a fatal shooting in the vehicle earlier today shutting down the busy tourism corridor near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

11 p.m. UPDATE: A police source tells News 3 that the shooting was random, and the suspect appeared delusional.

6:30 p.m. UPDATE: People are returning to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip after a gunman shot people on a public bus and then barricaded himself inside. Southbound traffic was reopened around 6:30 p.m.

6 p.m. UPDATE: Statement from RTC

"This morning, a shooting occurred on an RTC transit vehicle that services the Las Vegas Strip. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the rider who was fatally shot, and we also extend our sincere sympathies to the injured victim, the bus operator and the other passengers who were aboard during this tragic incident. The safety and security of our transit riders, contractors and staff is our utmost priority. We are working closely with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and remain committed to providing a safe public transportation system.

As this is an ongoing investigation, please contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for further inquiries and updates regarding this incident.

~ Angela Castro, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

3:50 p.m. UPDATE: Traffic is beginning to reopen on the Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas Boulevard northbound is now open to traffic. Southbound will remain closed until the crime scene can be documented.

3 p.m. UPDATE: LVMPD reports that the suspect is in custody. No other victims were found on the bus. Police are asking the public to avoid the area.

2:45 p.m. UPDATE: LVMPD says there is no terrorist connection to this event. Police are seeking witnesses. If you have any information about this situation, please call 702-828-7777. Check out these photos taken by our viewers, courtesy of Banjo:

2:30 p.m. UPDATE: MGM Resorts has released a statement on the event:

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1:43 p.m. UPDATE: The suspect remains barricaded on the bus at this time. Las Vegas Boulevard between East Flamingo Road and East Harmon Avenue remains shut down.

1 p.m. UPDATE: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reports one victim has died. The second victim is in fair condition at UMC Trauma. The incident occurred on a bus traveling on the Strip. A suspect is barricaded inside a bus in front of the Paris Las Vegas. Check back for updates.

11:40 a.m. UPDATE: One victim has been transported to University Medical Center Trauma in unknown condition. At this time, officers believe the suspect is on a bus on Las Vegas Boulevard. This incident is being treated as a barricade at this time. There is no credible information that there is a second suspect and no other victims have been located. The Boulevard is closed from East Harmon Avenue to East Flamingo Road.


LAS VEGAS (KSNV) - Police officers are investigating a reported shooting near the Cosmopolitan Resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

There has been at least one victim who has been transported in unknown condition.

Radio traffic indicated a shooting shortly before 11 a.m. It might have been on an RTC bus, but that has not been confirmed.

"The LVMPD is currently investigating a shooting that occurred on South Las Vegas Boulevard near Harmon. This is an active scene and officers are currently assessing the situation," said an email from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police shortly after 11 a.m.

Several areas in and around the Boulevard were being evacuated.

A police staging area was being set up at the Cosmopolitan.

Radio traffic indicates that LVMPD has activated two Multi Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) teams and put two more on standby.

According to LVMPD, the "training and response concept is an outgrowth of the 2009 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, and gives officers advanced tactical and response skills to utilize when dealing with such an event."

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