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Arrest report details events surrounding shooting at Drai’s, IDs ‘good Samaritan’

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Steve Marcus

The Bally’s marquee sign advertises Drai’s, a nightclub inside Bally’s, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. An early morning shooting left one person dead and two wounded in Drai’s Monday. A suspect is in custody, police said.

One Dead in Shooting at Bally’s

The Bally's marquee sign advertises Drai's, a nightclub inside Bally's, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. An early morning shooting left one person dead and two wounded in Drai's Monday. A suspect is in custody, police said. Launch slideshow »

The gun used in the Drai’s after-hours club shooting Monday morning that left one dead and two wounded was not registered in Nevada, according to an arrest report released today.

Metro Police allege the suspect, 41-year-old Benjamin Frazier, used a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver, when he shot two security guards and a patron outside the after-hours club.

A criminal complaint filed today by Clark County District Attorney’s Office charges Frazier with one count of murder with use of a deadly weapon, two counts of attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon and one count of carrying a concealed firearm or other deadly weapon.

A Metro spokesman said Frazier remained hospitalized at University Medical Center.

The deceased patron, identified as Kenneth Brown, was shot twice — in the upper chest and neck — and died on scene, the report states.

The arrest report outlines the following details about the shooting, which happened about 5:45 a.m. and was sparked by a disagreement over a $30 cover charge:

Frazier walked into the club to gauge the crowd size but returned and gave the cashier cash for admission. When Frazier stepped toward the club’s entrance, however, he became confrontational with the doorman, ultimately throwing him to the ground and shooting him in the arm.

Frazier then shot a second security officer who appeared in the club’s entryway. The security officer, who was shot in the abdomen, ran and collapsed a few feet away.

Still toting the revolver in his right hand, Frazier left Drai’s entrance area and “pointed (the gun) randomly, possibly at customers,” the report states.

That’s when Brown entered the picture and tackled Frazier to the ground, but Frazier fought back and managed to fire more shots, striking the man police have called a good Samaritan.

More security guards converged and subdued Frazier, who had hit his head during the struggle.

Homicide detectives used witness statements and surveillance video footage to piece together the chain of events described in their arrest report.

Police said Frazier had a history of legal trouble involving alcohol establishments, including a 1997 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon related to an incident at a local nightclub.

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