Police say reports of shooting on Las Vegas Strip unfounded

Panoramic photo of the Las Vegas Strip at night, Photo Date: 7/9/2009
Panoramic photo of the Las Vegas Strip at night, Photo Date: 7/9/2009(MGN Online)
Published: Jul. 16, 2022 at 10:54 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said reports of an active shooter on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday night are unfounded after crowds of panicked people ran for cover, under the assumption that their lives depended on it. The unfounded rumor created a sense of panic on casino floors spanning the tourist corridor.

“Our officers responded to an incident that occurred at MGM Grand,” said Officer Brandon Clarkson, LVMPD. “There was a subject that had grabbed a rock, and banged out a window-- there was a glass window-- and it made a large bang and there was the initial panic.”

Social media users shared multiple videos of large groups of people running outside hotels, some even falling to the ground.

“I assure you, there was not a shooting,” said Clarkson.

Metro reported that one person suffered minor injuries after falling to the ground while running away.

“It was false reports of any gunfire,” said Officer Brandon Clarkson, Las Vegas Metro.

Still, people who were there told us it was terrifying.

“Everyone just started ducking down,” said one witness to the panic.

The incident brought up painful feelings for those with memories of the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas in 2017-- widely considered the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

“It was just kind of a little flashback to another time that we had in this town. It just felt like October 1 all over again,” said Cory Brown, who was there.

And even though police said the rumor started at MGM Grand, the panic was seen at casinos across the Strip, including the Cosmo, Aria, Bellagio, Flamingo, and others.

“It’s just so crazy that the panic that happens from another property over, and it just washes over... scary, scary stuff,” said Brown.