Published Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 | 9:22 a.m.
Updated Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 | 2:49 p.m.
Map of 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.
The Lucky Club Casino is a 95-room hotel and casino with a sports book and restaurant, located about 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and downtown Las Vegas.
Lucky Club Casino offers guests a 16,000-square-foot casino with more than 400 slot machines and a variety of table games. The on-site sports book features five 42-inch televisions.
The hotel at Lucky Club features 95 rooms with a Southwest décor. Rooms feature TVs, two chairs and a desk. The hotel also features a pool, which is open seasonally.
The 3,000-square foot Lucy's Bar and Grill, offers live music, drink specials and comfort food.