Las Vegas police are arresting a man in connection with a fatal shooting in a hotel room at the Mirage

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LAS VEGAS — A 54-year-old man was identified Friday as the suspect arrested in the killing of one person and the wounding of two others during a family argument in a hotel room on the Las Vegas Strip.

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

A statement from the department said detectives located and arrested Hemsley in a southeast Las Vegas neighborhood and booked him into the Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

It was not immediately clear whether Hemsley had an attorney available to speak for him ahead of an initial court appearance scheduled for Saturday.

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

The injured women were taken to a hospital. No details were revealed about their relationship and they were not identified.

Koren, head 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 Friday said it stemmed from an argument “with several family members” in an eighth-floor room.

An official at MGM Resorts International, operator of The Mirage, did not immediately respond to messages Friday.

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

MGM Resorts last December announced plans to sell 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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