There was a shooting early this morning at Bally’s Drai’s nightclub, a popular after-hours Las Vegas Strip nightclub, that has left a nightclub patron dead, and two security officers injured.
At a news conference this morning held by Las Vegas police, Sgt. John Sheahan, said that the unidentified male suspect entered Drai’s nightclub shortly after 5:30 a.m. and asked if he could enter the club and look around before paying the admission fee.
He was allowed to do so and after looking around returned to the front of the club to pay the admission fee.
A short time later, the suspect again returned to the entrance area of Drai’s nightclub and asked for a partial refund of the admission fee he paid because the club was not busy enough.
Staff at the club declined the suspect’s request and an argument ensued.
The suspect then pulled out a gun and shot the manager in the arm.
A security officer quickly responded, tussled with the suspect and was shot.
The third employee to respond to the scene, a security officer in the area, was shot as well.
(Updated information from the LVMPD states that two security officers were shot, and a Good Samaritan, Kenneth Brown, who tried to subdue the shooter was killed. The shooter, identified as Benjamin Frazier, 41, is currently hospitalized in a medically induced coma.)
Then a nightclub patron intervened and was shot and killed.
Security and nightclub patron’s were able to subdue the suspect.
Las Vegas Metro Police responded to the call for a shooting at Bally Drai’s nightclub at approximately 5:45 a.m.
The victims and suspects were transported to the trauma unit at University Medical Center.
The victims and the shooter, all male, have not been identified yet.
Drai’s nightclub was evacuated after the deadly shooting, although the casino remains open.
The suspect has been booked in absentia on murder and attempted murder charges.