|Four people were killed on Saturday, as a brawl involving 60 to 70 bikers broke out inside Harrah’s hotel-casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Police say the gunfire began at around 2.15 AM local time as an argument between the rival Mongols and Hells Angels gangs escalated.|
Police said they arrived at the casino two minutes after the casino erupted in gunfire. Officers said surveillance tapes from the casino clearly show two members of the Mongols gang surrounded by several members of the Hells Angels as a fistfight breaks out and quickly escalates. 'Blow by blow, stab-by-stab, and shot by shot, we know exactly what happened in that casino,' said Las Vegas police Lt. Vince Cannito after watching the tapes, which show one of the Mongols being shot.
'One of the Hells Angels guys pulls out a gun and pops him in the head, and after that it's just pandemonium,' said Sgt. Chuck Jones of the Las Vegas police department.
'There were shell casings landing right by us,' said John Davidson, 39, who ducked beneath a blackjack table during the fighting. 'I had to pull the dealer down. She was screaming.'
SWAT teams and law enforcement officers from Arizona, Nevada and California were called in, and authorities warned of the danger for further violence. Over 180 law officers were stationed in the town that is normally patrolled by five or six. Still others patrolled roads just across the state line.
Police also were examining the possibility that the killing of another biker on the road to Laughlin was connected to the casino shooting.
Calvin Schaffer, 33, who is affiliated with the Hells Angels, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder.
After interviewing more than 500 people, police said they arrested three or four people on outstanding warrants, unconnected to the shooting. More arrests are possible.