A man who was disputing a $30 cover charge is responsible for the death of one person, and the injury of two at a Las Vegas nightclub in Bally's early on Monday. According to AP, the gunman, Benjamin Frazier, 41, was reportedly an ex-con with a history of violence at Vegas clubs.
Frazier is currently hospitalized at University Medical Center, where he is recovering from head injuries sustained during apprehension. He will be booked at the Clark County jail and an that will be followed with an initial court appearance on murder and attempted murder charges, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said. He said Frazier acted alone.
A club manager was wounded in the arm and a security guard was shot in the stomach before an unidentified club patron tackled Frazier as he tried to leave the club with a gun in his hand, Gillespie said. The patron was shot several times during a struggle and died. The names of the patron and the two employees weren't immediately made public. "Security professionals and a heroic patron who lost his life prevented what could have been even more death and injury.", said Gillespie.
Vicki Greco, a lawyer who represented Frazier in a recent drunk driving conviction and a 2012 misdemeanor battery conviction, said they were still working on gathering information about Monday's incident. Frasier's attorney Bob Beckett, who is also the ousted former district attorney in rural Nye County, said Frazier is his cousin. He said Frazier had been working at a car dealership in recent months.
This is not the first time Frazier has been in trouble. He was convicted in 1997 of a felony assault with a deadly weapon, in a plea deal stemming from a June 1996 incident at a Las Vegas club. His attorney said he completed a sentence of two years of probation, performed community service and took impulse control classes. Apparently, those classes weren't enough.
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