A gunman opened fire at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub early Monday amid a dispute over a cover charge, killing a male patron who tried to restrain the shooter and injuring two employees, authorities said.
The unidentified gunman opened fire at roughly 5:45 a.m. (8:45 a.m. ET) at Drai's After Hours, a venue inside Bally's hotel-casino, leaving a manager and a guard in critical condition, Las Vegas Police Department Officer Jose Hernandez told NBC News. Another guard may have been injured in the altercation.
Bystanders who saw the confrontation unfold jumped in and tackled the suspected gunman and managed to hold him until authorities arrived at the scene, Hernandez said.
The suspected shooter, who is now in custody, is believed to have acted alone, Hernandez said.
Police Sgt. John Sheahan told the Associated Press that the suspect was hospitalized with unspecified injuries.
Three people were rushed via ambulance to University Medical Center, according to the AP. Hospital spokeswoman Danita Cohen told the wire service that one person died and two were in critical condition.
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, is expected to face murder and multiple attempted murder charges, Sheahan told the AP.
Hernandez said an investigation is ongoing, but that patron witnesses said the altercation concerned the club's cover charge. Officials told the AP the suspect paid an unknown cover charge but then demanded his money back before taking out his weapon and opening fire.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
First published October 21 2013, 1:33 PM