According to police, the breaking of glass caused mass hysteria on the Las Vegas Strip, including at WSOP events this weekend, as crowds fled what they believed was gunfire. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Gunshot reports from MGM
The Las Vegas Strip witnessed some frenzied scenes this weekend as reports of gunshots emanating from the valet entrance of MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino quickly spread, sparking mass panic with crowds dashing across casino floors and the streets.
disrupted the 2022 WSOP at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and Paris Las Vegas
The incident took place Saturday night and also disrupted the 2022 World Series of Poker at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and Paris Las Vegas. Twitter user D. Stamos/Helodriver found himself at the epicenter of the panic, sharing images of armed security personnel and police on the MGM casino floor.
Now armed casino security and police are marching with guns over the @MGMGrand casino floor. Still lots of guests walking around and gaming still going on. Floor staff don’t know what exactly is going on. pic.twitter.com/3RxshiBFJ7
— D. Stamos/Helodriver (@SpacecoastPix) July 17, 2022
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) later said the gunshot claims were unfounded and that the reported sound of a shattering glass door triggered the panic.
D. Stamos/Helodriver shared other images on social media from MGM’s front valet entrance, which showed a shattered glass door and some large chunks of stone on the floor.
Fox News Digital reported that a video shows LVMPD officers “running with guns drawn to the New York, New York sign outside, as crowds fled in the opposite direction.”
The LVMPD stated that one person suffered minor injuries after falling during the initial panic. However, according to PokerNews, many WSOP players in Paris were injured, including Daniel Negreanu, who shared an image of his shredded hand on Twitter:
Tables and chips were sent into the air in the Paris Ballroom as spectators, officials and WSOP players involved in the three bracelet events rushed to the exits. According to the news source, the aftermath of the mass panic meant the three events were halted early to resume on Sunday.
Fox News contacted the LVMPD for more information, with a police chief saying the incident only happened at the MGM, but the panic escalated to other casinos. The commander “also denied unsubstantiated social media posts alleging that the incident was some sort of premeditation or attack.”
Back to normal
LVMPD Captain Branden Clarkson told reporters at the scene that the person believed to have smashed the glass at MGM was being held. MGM Grand Hotel posted on Twitter that operations at the Grand and all Strip properties continued as normal.
The MGM Grand casino floor was the scene of a real shooting incident in 2020, after an altercation between two men resulted in a live round being fired. Fortunately no one was injured.
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