Caesars Palace Sidewalk is Site of Latest Las Vegas Strip Shooting

Posted on: August 1, 2023, 12:52h. 

Last updated on: August 1, 2023, 11:34h.

A man was shot outside of Caesars Palace Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon, local media reported. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Caesars Palace Las Vegas, pictured above. A shooting took place over the weekend in front of the hotel. (Image: TripAdvisor)

His injuries were not critical, and he’s expected to survive. Officials didn’t have updated information on his condition as of Monday.

The shooting took place on the sidewalk in front of the casino hotel. A Caesars Palace spokesperson confirmed the shooting and its location to Las Vegas TV station KLAS.

Police continued to search for the suspect on Monday.

The suspect appeared to be inside the Caesars Palace lobby shortly before the shooting, KLAS reported.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers said the assailant fled across the Las Vegas Strip before its officers arrived.

They released a description and photo of the suspect. He’s a thin, Hispanic male who was dressed in a dark green shirt, black pants, white and black shoes, and carrying a red and black backpack, according to KLAS.

The shooting took place on the 3500 block of Las Vegas Boulevard and was reported to police at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday. Police didn’t provide any additional details on the incident, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Both the victim and the shooter apparently are homeless. It is unclear why the suspect shot the victim. But it may have occurred after the two got into a dispute, Las Vegas TV station KVVU reported.

The same hotel was the site of two violent unrelated incidents in recent weeks.

Recent Standoff

Last month, LVMPD SWAT team officers got into a standoff with a guest at Caesars Palace.

The July 11 incident lasted for about five hours. Officers negotiated with an armed man identified as Matthew Mannix, 36, of Golden, Colo., who took his girlfriend hostage in a room at the hotel.

Mannix broke a window in the 21st-floor room and began throwing items, including furniture, out of the window, the Review-Journal reported. He allegedly said he was going to shoot officers and cut out his girlfriend’s tongue.

He apparently fired shots while inside the room.

Mannix was eventually apprehended by SWAT officers and it was determined that he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident, CBS News reported.

He was charged with kidnapping, coercion with threat of force with a deadly weapon, destruction of property, resisting arrest, and disregard for safety, according to CBS.

Mannix remains in custody as of early this week, with bail set at $750K. He is next scheduled to appear in court on August 14. He has other charges pending in Colorado.

Fatal Shooting

In May, two women were arrested after a man was fatally wounded in a Caesars Palace hotel room.

The duo, Erika Covington and Arionna “Ari” Taylor, both 20, entered room 535 at the hotel on May 15. A short time later, they fled the fifth-floor room with a brown bag containing the man’s stolen belongings, KLAS reported.

About nine hours later, a housekeeper found the lifeless man in the room after she went inside to do a routine cleaning. A security officer was notified, and local police were called to investigate.

The victim, later identified as Bryan Angel Altamirano-Solano, 25, died from a single gunshot to the left chest, according to an autopsy released by the Clark County coroner’s office. The death was ruled a homicide.

The two women were charged with murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, and conspiracy to commit robbery. Both were in custody in the Clark County Detention Center as of this week.