Detroit Motor City Casino Fatal Shooting in Parking Garage is Latest US Incident

Posted on: March 21, 2021, 09:25h.

Last updated on: March 21, 2021, 12:48h.

Detroit’s Motor City Casino parking garage was the scene of a fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man early Sunday, according to local news reports.

A third person is believed to have shot a man who was in a dispute with his girlfriend
A third person is believed to have shot a man who was in a dispute with his girlfriend
Detroit’s Motor City Casino shown here. The gaming property’s parking garage was the site of a fatal shooting on Sunday. (Image: Ed Pevos/MLive.com)

The unnamed victim and a woman, described by police as his 25-year-old girlfriend, got into a fight at about 1:48 a.m. in the garage, according to Click on Detroit, a local online news site.

A third person, who remains unidentified, began to shoot a firearm in an effort to intervene in the dispute, the report said. The 25-year-old died from wounds suffered during the shooting.

As of mid-day Sunday, Detroit cops continued to investigate the shooting. Further details on the crime were not released by local police as of noon Sunday.

It is believed officers were looking for possible witnesses and searched the garage for physical evidence, too. The local medical examiner’s office is likely to perform an autopsy on the victim.

On Sunday morning, Motor City Casino released a statement to WXYZ, a local TV station, which said, “The security of our guests and employees is our top priority.

“Early this morning, there was an incident in our parking structure. This is an ongoing investigation, and we are fully cooperating with local law enforcement agencies.”

Members of the public who have information on the shooting can call Detroit police at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.

US Casino Parking Lots, Garages Sites for Violent Crime

Nationally, parking garages and lots at gaming properties were frequently the location of violent crimes in the past year, according to a report from Casino.org.

For instance, in February two men needed hospitalization after getting stabbed several times in a parking garage at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev.

Also, two bandits attacked an elderly man last Christmas Day in a Las Vegas gaming property parking garage before stealing his wallet. The victim of the assault at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall was believed to be in his 90s, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In October, Palm Springs, Calif. police officers shot two robbery suspects as they tried to speed away from a parking garage at Agua Caliente Casino. One had just allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint.

The October incident followed a September shooting at a parking garage at the same gaming property. The earlier violent attack at the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’-owned casino was investigated as an attempted homicide.

Last August, a fatal shooting took place at an Emerald Queen Casino garage in Tacoma, Wash. In July, another fatal shooting occurred at Winner’s Way parking garage in Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

Detroit Sees Violent Crime Spree

Elsewhere in Detroit, this weekend was marked by other violent crime. On Sunday, eight people were stabbed during a fight at a Detroit hookah lounge, Click on Detroit reported. They required medical treatment at a local hospital.

Also, on Saturday a downtown Detroit Baymont Inn and Suites employee was shot after attempting to intervene in a fight between a man and woman, the report adds.

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