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Woman Dies After Shooting Self on South Dakota Casino Dance Floor, Police Report

South Dakota authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances around a 28-year-old woman’s death. She  appeared to have fatally shot herself at the Buffalo Bodega Gaming Complex while on the dance floor at a Halloween party, according to local news reports.

A 28-year-old woman apparently fatally shot herself at South Dakota’s Buffalo Bodega Gaming Complex, seen here, while on the dance floor during a Halloween party. (Image: Buck Magnussen)

The shooting took place during what was called a “Deadweird Halloween event” at the historic Deadwood gaming property and bar, according to the Rapid City Journal, a local newspaper. Police identified the woman as Samantha Huth of Elsmere, K.y.

The Deadwood Police Department and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department were conducting a joint inquiry into the weekend incident. Soon after arriving at the casino, police officers and emergency medical technicians tried to revive the wounded woman. But she died on the dance floor, police said.

It appears that no other person at the casino was injured from the shooting. A weapon was found on the dance floor, the Journal said. A description of the firearm was not immediately available.

After the gun discharged, casino staff promptly evacuated other patrons from the dance floor, the Journal reported. Police later arrived.

Officers additionally reviewed Huth’s social media posts and text messages, the Journal said. Initial evidence led police to conclude the woman’s death was a suicide.

Go Fund Me Page Set Up to Cover Costs

Following the incident, a GoFundMe page was set up to cover transportation and funeral costs. As of Wednesday, it had raised $18,223 and called the events a “tragic time.”

“We are all lost for words in the recent loss of Samantha. Never in a million years did any of us expect this,” a statement on the GoFundMe page said.

A donation in any amount is requested.

Deadwood Casinos Reopened in May

In May, casinos in Deadwood resumed operations after they were shuttered because of coronavirus risk. Safety precautions were put in place to block the spread of the virus.

Deadwood once had a population of approximately 25,000. The legendary Wild Bill Hickok was killed playing poker in the city in 1876.

Today, the population is about 1,300. It is home to a bustling casino scene.

Ed Silverstein

Gaming Law, Tribal Gaming, Crime, Gaming Research----An award-winning journalist with credits ranging from the Associated Press to American Lawyer Media, Ed joined the Casino.org news team in 2019 with decades of legal reporting expertise under his belt. His past reporting and editing assignments include Cowles Business Media, Columbia University Press, the Connecticut Post, and Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc. Besides the law and its application to the gaming industry, Ed’s areas of expertise span business, courts, crime, politics, education, and state and local government. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut (where he now lives), and master’s degrees from Harvard and Yale, Ed’s professional awards include recognition from the New England Press Association and New England AP News Executives. Email: ed.silverstein@casino.org

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  • “killed” and “suicide” mean the same in South Dakota ..... just look at all the “suicides” here. If there is a problem usually a suicide fixes it.

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