Las Vegas sees more public panic after another unfounded gunfire


Posted on Jul 22, 2022 at 3:13 am.

Last updated on: Jul 22, 2022 03:13 am.

A loud noise at Las Vegas’ popular Fashion Show mall on Wednesday was mistaken for gunshots. It caused panic among some shoppers and others in the Las Vegas Strip retail center.

Bradley Thompson in a mug shot
Bradley Thompson in a mug shot, pictured above. He is said to have thrown rocks at doors at the MGM Grand Saturday. The sound of shattering glass was initially mistaken for gunshots. It caused panic on the Las Vegas Strip. (Image: LVMPD)

Just four days earlier, visitors to the Strip fled after hearing what was initially thought to be gunshots from the MGM Grand. No gunshots were found in either incident.

In both cases, rumors quickly broke out on social media and through word of mouth from an active shooter. Fear prompted many to seek cover or run to safety.

The incident at the Fashion Show mall began after a suspected shoplifter stole an item from a store around 4 p.m. The suspect “later damaged mall property,” police said.

Buyers initially thought the sound of the damage was like gunshots, CLASS, a local TV station, reported. The unnamed person suspected of causing the damage was arrested near the mall.

Earlier on Saturday around 10pm, an angry man allegedly threw rocks at glass doors in the valet parking area of ​​the MGM Grand. Players and visitors to several casinos in the area believed it was a gunshot.

It led to panic. A video has surfaced showing some people running. Others huddled beside slot machines on a casino floor.

Within about half an hour, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officials posted a social media message saying there had been no shooting near the MGM Grand. The police also personally informed the people that everything was safe.

Alleged rock thrower wants respect

Police arrested a man for throwing stones. He was later identified as Bradley Thompson, whose last known address was in Washington state.

It turns out he allegedly threw “medium-sized rocks” at the glass doors. CLASS said. Police spoke to him and casino security.

The previous Saturday, Thompson allegedly entered the casino. He returned and damaged the doors because he continued to feel “disrespected” by security forces at the MGM property. CLASS added.

Thompson is said to have verbally abused security forces and spat in their direction, and was described as “extremely uncooperative”. CLASS said. He claims he was “assaulted” by security forces when he was arrested, KSNVanother local TV station, reported.

Claims he swallowed glass

He told police officers he suffered cuts on his lip, a bloody nose and pain from swallowing broken glass, apparently when he was arrested by security forces.

The security forces took him to a holding area. The subway police soon took him into custody. He was charged with vandalism, police said.

He was seen on surveillance video throwing the stones, police said. The officers asked him if he had damaged the glass doors. Thompson replied, “He didn’t want to talk about it.” KSNV reported, citing his statement in a police report.

Subway officials took Thompson to University Medical Center to be evaluated by medical staff. He appeared before the district court on Wednesday. His case continued through August 3.

The cost of repairing the glass in the MGM was estimated at $2,000. KSNV uncovered.

The panicked incidents come after there had been multiple mass shootings across the country. Las Vegas experienced its own historic mass shooting on the Strip in 2017. A gunman shot at concert goers at a music festival.

Recently, on May 14th, the Lovers & Friends music festival held at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds was temporarily suspended after fear erupted among thousands of attendees. A baseless shooting rumor resulted in some fleeing bystanders being trampled on.


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