A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting in a Las Vegas hotel room Thursday night that left one man dead and two women in critical condition, police said.
Around 8:30 p.m. local time, police responded to a 911 call about a shooting in a room at the Mirage Casino and Hotel, where they found a man already dead and two women injured, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Capt. Dori Koren said in a press conference late in the evening.
Officers and security personnel immediately began providing medical aid to the surviving victims, who were transported to the hospital in critical condition, he said.
Police said Friday that a man identified as Billy Hemsley, 54, was charged at the Clark County Detention Center with one count of open murder and two counts of attempted murder. Hemsley was “involved in an argument with several family members inside the hotel room,” according to a police statement.
“At some point during the altercation, Hemsley shot the three victims and fled the area,” the statement added.
It is unclear if Hemsley has an attorney.
Authorities initially believe the suspect shot the three victims during an argument in the room, although the investigation is still ongoing, Koren said.
“These types of incidents — any kind of extreme violence that happens in our city — we take very seriously,” Koren said. “We are confident that we will resolve this matter.”
The police captain said officers arrived on the scene within a minute of receiving the 911 call, Koren said.