Ties emerge between accused Palms shooter and victim - 8 News NOW

Ties emerge between accused Palms shooter and victim

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LAS VEGAS-- Metro Police say they have made an arrest in the Palms shooting that killed a 25-year-old Henderson man.  Twenty-five-year-old Jim Johnson was taken into custody Sunday. 

The coroner says Evan Plunkett died after from a gunshot wound to his left chest. 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."

The shooter and victim appear to have known one another. Both had affiliations with Las Vegas rappers. On social media, "Hollywood Will" asked Johnson to accept an apology for something.

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. 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.

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 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.

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."

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