8 News NOW has learned more about a man shot and killed by security guards at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino. The deadly shooting happened Tuesday around 3:39 p.m. in the hotel lobby. The incident, that initially went out as an active shooter caused a heavy police presence at the Henderson casino-resort.
An 8 News Now sources told the news station the name of the man who was shot is Shannon Howell.
Henderson Police are keeping tight-lipped about what lead up to the deadly shooting, only saying it’s an on-going investigation.
Police said everything unfolded when hotel guest alerted authorities to a man who was walking through the lobby carrying a gun. Three security officers confronted the man in the east tower lobby.
Two of the guards were armed.
A verbal altercation occurred between the man and the security guards. The suspect, who the 8 News NOW source said is Howell, showed his gun.
The security guards shot the man. The suspect was treated at the scene, but he died from his injuries.
It’s unclear why Howell was here and what exactly was said before the shooting. It’s also unclear if the armed suspect fired any shots.
Police describe the shooting as an isolated incident that happened in the east tower lobby, but it caused quite a panic.
“All of a sudden I heard people yelling ‘run, run’ there’s an active shooter,” said Nancy Howard, a witness. “So my boyfriend and I got up, and high tailed it out into the parking lot and ran as fast as we could and as far as we could get away.”
A spokesperson for Station Casinos, which owns Green Valley Ranch sent the following statement:
“We’re grateful that our security team responded to this situation in a way which ensured the safety of our guests and team members. We’re very appreciative of Henderson Police Department’s assistance immediately after the incident and, as always, we will work cooperatively with them as part of any ongoing investigation.”
Henderson Police said it will not release any additional information until its investigation is complete.
“I’m just so thankful that we’re ok and that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” Howard said.