PHOTO: A gunman killed one person and wounded another on Las Vegas Boulevard before surrendering to police. (Photo via Flickr/David Stanley)
The Las Vegas Strip was shut down for several hours on Saturday after a gunman wielding a handgun killed one person and wounded another.
The Las Vegas police are reporting that the man surrendered peacefully after a standoff of more than four hours.
The incident began around 11 a.m. Saturday morning on Las Vegas Boulevard not far from the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino, when the man barricaded himself in a double-decker city bus and opened fire.
The Las Vegas police said they believe the gunman was working alone and that they don’t think the shooting is terrorism-related. They’ve also asked for eyewitnesses on board the bus to contact them.
Hotels in the area were asked by police to keep people from exiting onto Las Vegas Boulevard as the situation unfolded. Northbound Las Vegas Blvd. re-opened to traffic around 3:45 p.m. PST, but the southbound lanes remain closed while the police continue their investigation.
The police do not believe the incident is related to a robbery that occurred at the Bellagio hotel earlier in the day.
Three men dressed in suits—with at least one wearing a pig mask—and carrying sledgehammers broke into the Rolex store inside the Bellagio Hotel early Saturday morning, prompting the partial closure of the property. The three men are in custody and being questioned by police.