Vegas Police ID Man Detained in Fatal Mirage Hotel Room Shooting


By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 54-year-old man was identified Friday as the suspect arrested in the murder of one person and the injury of two others during a domestic dispute in a hotel room on the Las Vegas Strip.

Billy Hemsley was arrested within six hours of the 8:30 p.m. Thursday shooting at The Mirage resort, Capt. Dori Koren and the department said.

A department statement said detectives located and apprehended Hemsley in a southeast Las Vegas neighborhood and he was taken to the Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

It was not immediately clear whether Hemsley had an attorney who could speak for him ahead of a first court appearance scheduled for Saturday.

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The shooting prompted a lockdown for more than two hours after tourists saw police rush into the iconic Las Vegas Boulevard casino and hotel.

The injured women were taken to hospital. No details have been released about their conditions and they have not been identified.

Koren, chief of the department’s homicide division, told reporters the shooter had an address in Las Vegas and the incident did not pose a broader threat to the public.

A police statement on Friday said it stemmed from an argument “with several family members” in an eighth-floor room.

An official from MGM Resorts International, operator of the Mirage, did not immediately respond to the messages on Friday.

The Polynesian-themed property, with a fire-spewing volcano and more than 3,000 rooms, opened in November 1989. The property is credited with helping transform Las Vegas from a gambling center into a luxury resort destination. luxury with international appeal.

MGM Resorts announced plans last December to sell the operations of The Mirage for nearly $1.1 billion to Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The new operator plans to replace it with a huge guitar-shaped hotel. The sale is pending regulatory approval.

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