Las Vegas Metro police Wednesday announced an arrest in connection with a gang shootout that happened at the Rio Hotel and Casino and extended to UMC Trauma Center in the early morning hours of March 11, 2012.
Abdullah Sykes, 24, of Las Vegas, was arrested on Tuesday by detectives with Metro's Gang Crimes Bureau. He is charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and battery with a deadly weapon.
Metro Deputy Chief Jim Owens said in a press conference in March that officers working an event at Crown Nightclub inside the Rio were responding to gunfire at the casino's parking garage at around 3:51 a.m.
The officers took cover when they arrived as shots were being directed at them.
At least two people were struck by bullets in the incident. One of the officers also returned fire in the incident, but police did not say if the victims in the shooting were hit by the officer's bullets.
Just an hour and a half later, a crowd of 30-40 people were gathered outside University Medical Center where the two gunshot victims were being treated.
Owens said the crowd was of acquaintances of the victims who were wishing them well.
According to Owens, three people walked up to the crowd and opened fire, injuring two people.
A fifth gunshot victim was transported to Sunrise Hospital by private car. All of those injured were expected to survive, Owens said.
Owens said four of the five victims were affiliated with Las Vegas gangs. He stopped short of calling the shootings gang-motivated, though.
Police said no bystanders were struck in the shooting at the Rio, which involved at least 30 rounds of gunfire.
Owens said the officers who responded to the shootout were working a special hip-hop music event at Crown Nightclub. He said officers have responded to incident happening at Crown in the past.
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