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Man arrested after 1 dead, 2 critically injured in Mirage hotel room shooting on Vegas Strip

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A man was arrested Friday in connection to a shooting this week in a Las Vegas Strip hotel room that left one person dead and two others critically injured.

Billy Deray Hemsley, 54, was held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in the shooting Thursday in an eighth floor hotel room at The Mirage, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a Twitter statement.

The shooting prompted a lockdown at the iconic casino resort for more than two hours.

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Police received reports of the shooting at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Capt. Dori Koren said at a Friday news conference. Officers who arrived at the scene found three people shot, Koren said. One man was dead, and two women were transported to a hospital in critical condition, he said.

Metropolitan police are stationed outside The Mirage in response to a fatal shooting in the hotel-casino on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas. © Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP Metropolitan police are stationed outside The Mirage in response to a fatal shooting in the hotel-casino on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Authorities did not immediately identify the people who were shot or offer any additional details about their injuries.

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The shooting began as an argument with several family members inside the hotel room, police said. At some point during the argument, police said Hemsley shot the three people and fled.

Officers located Hemsley on Friday in a southeast Las Vegas neighborhood and he was booked into the Clark County Detention Center, police said. He was ordered held without bail at an initial court appearance Saturday, according to local news outlets.

Hemsley has a lengthy criminal history that includes felony convictions dating back to 1987, according to records reviewed by the Associated Press. 

Hemsley, who has also used the last name Moore and spelled his name in several ways, was released by the Nevada Department of Corrections in September 2019 after he was sentenced in February 2013 on charges of battery with a deadly weapon, the AP and the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

He was also accused of stabbing his girlfriend and stealing her vehicle in 2012, of shooting a cousin in 2003 and of choking a girlfriend during an argument in 2005, the outlets reported.

It was not immediately clear if Hemsley had an attorney who could be reached for comment.

Contributing: The Associated Press

Contact News Now Reporter Christine Fernando at cfernando@usatoday.com or follow her on Twitter at @christinetfern.

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