3 dead in Montana casino shooting, suspect killed by police

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December 17, 2019 - 12:00 pm

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — An overnight shooting Tuesday at a Montana casino left three people dead and another person injured and the suspect was later tracked down and killed by police, officials said.

The shooting happened about 2 a.m. at the Emerald City Casino in Great Falls, along one of the city's main commercial strips, according to a statement from the Great Falls Police Department.

Police found the bodies of three victims inside the casino when they arrived. They launched a search for the shooter that lasted more than three hours until the suspect was found by officers in a residential neighborhood about a mile (1.6 kilometers) away.

The suspect was fatally shot by officers at about 5:45 a.m, according to the police statement.

“There is no longer a danger to the public,” the statement said.

The injured person was recovering from unspecified injuries at Benefis Hospital, police said. A hospital spokeswoman, Kaci Husted, said she was checking to determine what information she was permitted to release about the person's condition.

Emerald City Casinos own a chain of restaurants and bars with gambling machines in Great Falls and other Montana locations. A call to the casino where the shooting happened rang unanswered Tuesday morning.

An elementary school near the place where police killed the suspect canceled classes and postponed a K-3 grade concert.

The shooting is being investigated by local and federal officers.

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