LAS VEGAS — An unidentified suspect has been taken into custody after a shooting at the Excalibur in the backstage area used by cast members at the popular Thunder from Down Under show.
The male suspect was observed by a cast member of the show at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening in the locker room area rifling through cast member belongings. The cast member saw the suspect head to an outside courtyard area carrying items taken from the performers area and notified fellow performers in the show.
They followed him to the courtyard and confronted him. A scuffle ensued and a shot rang out.
The suspect who was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine was subdued by the muscular show performers and arrested by police who responded to the call.
One of the performers suffered a minor injury to his face.
The Excalibur shooting is the third shooting at the Hotel and Casino over the past three years.
In 2012 Jessica Kenny was shot and killed by Edward Brandt in the busy concierge area near the front desk. Brandt then took his own life.
Last year an off-duty police officer shot a suspect who was attempting to steal the officer’s vehicle from the valet parking area.
The Excalibur shooting suspect that was involved the Thunder from Down Under cast was observed hours earlier at the casino and likely watched the locker room area to see if security was stationed in the area.
Although Las Vegas hotels and casinos employ their own security force and have surveillance cameras there is usually not a constant security presence backstage. Show performers appearing in various shows in Las Vegas have expressed security concerns in the past.
Performers were shaken when actress Tia Carrere had her purse stolen backstage at the Tropicana Las Vegas in May 2012 when she was performing int he Dancing with the Stars show. She actually came face-to-face with the robber.
The Excalibur shooting suspect was taken to UMC for treatment.