Benjamin Frazier has a history of arrests, police said.
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said a patron is dead and three others injured following an early morning shooting at a nightclub in Bally's Hotel and Casino.
The gunman has been identified as 41-year-old Benjamin Frazier.
The victims, all males, were transported to University Medical Center. Police spokesman Larry Hadfield said the alleged shooter was injured in the incident and was among three people hospitalized. Police say he will be booked in absentia for one count of murder with a deadly weapon and two counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon.
In an afternoon news conference, Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie said, Frazier had a prior conviction in 1996 for assault with a deadly weapon. That incident occurred in a nightclub. Gillespie added, Frazier has had several arrests in the years since that conviction. He referred to Frazier as "irrational" and called the shooting a random act of violence.
The shooting happened around 5:45 a.m. Monday at Drai's, an after-hours club that caters to those who have wrapped up their nights at other hotspots. It's located in the lower level of Bally's.
According to Metro Sgt. John Sheahan, the suspect entered the club and asked security if he could look around before paying the cover charge. He did walk around the club and then offered to pay, but a short while later, he demanded that his money be refunded. Sheahan said, he got into a argument with the manager and shot him in the arm and also shot a security guard in the stomach who attempted to intervene.
Police said, a patron came out of the club and tried to wrestle the gun from the suspect.
"He ran up behind Frazier bringing him down to the ground," Gillespie said.
The patron was shot several times and died.
Former Nye County District Attorney Bob Beckett is a relative of Frazier and said his cousin had been going through a lot recently.
"Sometimes addictions can sneak up on you and you may not know you're predisposed until it's too late," Beckett said. "He's intelligent, hard working, he's a good father and going through a divorce right now."
Beckett had his own struggles and highly publicized problems with alcohol. Today marks three years of being sober and he was trying to be a good example for his cousin.
Metro Police are looking into whether Frazier could even carry a gun based on his previous arrests and convictions.
A man who witnessed the shooting, and doesn't want to be identified for safety reasons, said he could not believe what he was seeing.
"There's blood all over the place and a young gentleman they were questioning and he was crying. Maybe it might have been one of his friends or something."
Bally's released the following statement regarding the shooting:
"The safety and security of our guests is our number one priority. Law enforcement officials recognized the efforts of both the Drai's and Bally's security teams in quickly responding to the incident and securing the area. Drai's After Hours and Bally's Las Vegas extend deepest sympathies to those injured by the shooter."
The nightclub is closed until further notice.
None of the names of the victims have been released.
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