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Report: Accused Palms shooter told friend it was 'accident'

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LAS VEGAS -- The man who is facing charges in the deadly shooting at the Palms hotel was arrested after surrendering to police on Sunday.
Jim Johnson, 25, turned himself in with the help of his attorney, William Terry.

According to the arrest report, as Johnson and others were fleeing from the scene of the shooting, Johnson told a friend his gun had fallen on the ground and went off accidentally shooting 25-year-old Evan Plunkett. He also told the friend he planned to turn himself in.

The shooting at the Palms hotel happened on May 15 in a luxury suite at the hotel where about 50 people had gathered to shoot a rap video. A fight broke out on the patio involving Plunkett, his brother, Thomas, and Richard Moore, also known as Smash. Thomas Plunkett told police, he heard a gunshot while he was fighting with Moore. He did not see who fired the gun, but he saw his brother on  the ground afterward, the report said.

Evan Plunkett was transported to University Medical Center where he died. 

According to the report, after the shooting, surveillance cameras captured video of numerous people, who were at the party, fleeing from the hotel. Moore flagged down a police officer in the area of Tenaya Way and Lone Mountain Road to report the shooting. He told the officer he wasn't involved, but heard a person named "Jones" was the shooter. Police were able to identify Johnson, who also goes by "Jones" and his friend, Josh Newman, as two of the people leaving the hotel. Newman told police he did not see the fight or who shot Plunkett, however he told police that Johnson made the statement that the shooting was an accident.

Plunkett was a rapper, who used the name Hollywood Will and was with a group of hip-hop artists known Inkmade. Johnson was also a rapper with the LVBoyz, under the name Jonez.  In posts on social media sites, it is clear that Johnson and Plunkett were friends, but had some kind of falling out. Plunkett asked Johnson for forgiveness for an unknown reason.

At this point, police have not said what started the fight.

Johnson is being held in Clark County Detention Center. He is facing a charge of murder with a deadly weapon. He is expected to be in court Tuesday.



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