Tourists worried about safety after fatal Excalibur shooting

Tourists worried about safety after fatal Excalibur shooting

CREATED Dec. 14, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas Police are investigating a deadly shooting that occurred at the Excalibur Hotel.

It happened just before 8:30 p.m. Friday night.

Police said a man opened fire inside the hotel near a concierge desk.

When officers arrived, they found an adult female and an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

The woman was transported to UMC Trauma where she was pronounced dead. She was not an employee of Excalibur, but worked as a contracted vendor, so the Excalibur was her place of employment.

"We were saddened to learn that a member of the VEGAS.com family was the victim of tonight's tragic and senseless killing at the Excalibur," said VEGAS.com Chief Operating Officer Bryan Allison. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."

The man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A preliminary investigation indicated the man went into the lobby of the hotel, shot the victim multiple times, then shot himself. The investigation also indicated there may have been a previous dating relationship between the two individuals.

It's unclear what lead to the shooting.

Around 10:15 p.m., the Excalibur tweeted, "An isolated incident has occurred at Excalibur this evening, local authorities have the matter under control."

They then later tweeted, "Due to the efforts of our staff and local authorities, Excalibur is safe and fully operational."

Tourists visiting the Las Vegas Strip are still talking about the shooting. While many agree the issue of safety is a concern, they also don't want it to restrict the large amounts of people that visit the tourist destination every year.

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