LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man shot and killed at the Palms Hotel and Casino as 25-year-old Evan Plunkett.
The coroner said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to his left chest, and the manner of death is homicide.
According to Metro Police, officers were called to the hotel just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday on a report that someone had been shot. When they arrived they found Plunkett suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to University Medical Center where he died.
Plunkett served in the Marine Corps and also rapped under the name "Hollywood Will."
Police tell 8 News NOW that Plunkett was involved in a fight with three other men during a video shoot for a local hip-hop artist in the hotel's two-story Sky Villa Suite, otherwise known as the Hefner Suite. Police say approximately 40 to 50 people were there. The tower was locked down for several hours while police investigated.
The other people involved in the shooting left the scene before police arrived. No one has been arrested.
Friends of Plunkett describe him as a "great kid" and a "beautiful soul." A neighbor tells 8 News NOW that Plunkett was trying to break up the fight, when he was shot. She also says the victim's brother TJ was there and was hurt trying to protect Evan. There is no word from police on the seriousness of his injuries.
An article from 2007 about Plunkett on the Corps' website says that just a few days into boot camp, he lost his father and his best friend on the same day. His father, a fellow Marine, died in a traffic accident and his best friend was killed in a drive-by shooting.
Because the victim was a part of the local rap scene, there will be a show dedicated to Plunkett at 10 p.m. Friday at Hookah Palace on Flamingo Road.
The Palms released the following statement late Friday afternoon:
"Palms Casino Resort is fully cooperating with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on this matter. We are saddened by this unfortunate, isolated incident and our thoughts are with the victim’s friends and family. The safety and security of our guests and team members are always our number one priority.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Homicide Section at (702) 828-3521, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.
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