Suspect In Deadly Shooting On Las Vegas Strip Has Been Identified

John Locher / AP

Police have identified the suspect who opened fire inside a bus on the popular, tourist-filled las Vegas strip on Saturday, killing one person and injuring another.

Rolando Cardenas, 55, was booked on charges of murder, attempted murder with a firearm, discharging a firearm within a vehicle and burglary with possession of a firearm, Clark County Jail records show.

Cardenas apparently began shooting randomly inside the bus, causing passengers and the driver to run out just outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel, police said. He then surrendered nearly four hours later after a stand-off with officers.

Two people were injured in the shooting, which occurred around 11 a.m. local time, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer Larry Hadfield said. They were both taken to a nearby hospital to be treated, where one of them died. The coroner’s office identified the victim as Gary Breitling, 57, of Sidney, Montana.

The condition of the second victim was not immediately known, Hadfield said.

SWAT officers and crisis negotiators were called to the area where the suspect had barricaded himself in the bus near the Cosmopolitan Casino.

Police said there didn't appear to be a motive for the fatal shooting, which appeared to be carried out by suspect police described as mentally ill.

“From listening to the negotiations he seemed to be talking about seeing people and things like that,” police told reporters. “Definitely was not completely with it.”

He also fired shots at robots that police used to try to reach him via phone.

Police also shut about a half-mile portion of the Las Vegas strip, where casinos such as the Bellagio, Paris, and Planet Hollywood sit.

MGM Resorts also sent out a tweet, asking visitors to cooperate with police on the street closures until the situation is cleared.

The northbound side of the road was opened just before 4 p.m., but police said the southbound portion of the street would remain closed during their investigation.

The shooting came just hours after an armed robbery occurred inside a high-end jewelry store in the Bellagio.

Hadfield told reporters there was no information indicating that the robbery inside the casino and the shooting in the bus were connected.

LINK: Armed Robbers Wearing Masks Staged A Robbery In The Bellagio Hotel In Las Vegas


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