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North Las Vegas casino shooting leaves one dead

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Brian Nordli

The Lucky Club Casino, 3227 Civic Center Drive, in North Las Vegas

Updated Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 | 2:49 p.m.

Shonta Hammond

Shonta Hammond

Map of Lucky Club Casino & Hotel

Lucky Club Casino & Hotel

3227 Civic Center Drive, North Las Vegas

It was business as usual at the Lucky Club Casino eight hours after a fatal shooting.

A few early morning patrons occupied the slot machines that make up most of the casino, while a couple more patrons sat along the bar in the back. There was no indication of the shooting that took place in the early hours of Monday morning.

Casino regular Alvin Blackwell said he was shocked to hear there was even a violent incident at the small casino and hotel.

“It’s the Lucky Club, people come here for fun, not fighting,” Blackwell said. “This is the first incident of violence I have ever heard of (here).”

North Las Vegas Police officials said dispatch received reports around 2:40 a.m. of a shooting at the casino, 3227 Civic Center Drive. Police arrived to find a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Casino security had apprehended the suspected shooter.

Police said preliminary investigation indicated that Shonta Hammond, 35, had shot the victim after a dispute. The victim was transported to University Medical Center Trauma, where he later died.

Hotel guest Catalina Cruz said she had no idea a shooting had even taken place. She said she went to bed around 1:30 a.m. and hadn’t heard any trouble the entire night.

“It was really quiet around here,” Cruz said.

Lucky Club Casino services manager Sean McDonald said the casino had no comment regarding the shooting.

Hammond was arrested on counts of murder with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was being detained in the Las Vegas City Jail.

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