An shooting in a parking structure outside a Las Vegas Strip movie theater left two people critically wounded and another with a minor injury last night.
Police don’t believe the shooting just after midnight was a random act, and Officer Laura Meltzer said the shooter or shooters hadn’t been identified.
She adds that earlier reports of the shooting taking place in the theater are false, and that it was more likely an ongoing conflict between two groups.
"The theater had nothing to do with it," Meltzer told The Associated Press. "They were not coming from a movie. It was not in the theater lobby."
It wasn’t immediately clear how many shooters there were, but Meltzer said multiple shots were fired in the event, the latest in a string of shootings nationally.
Police arrived to find one of the most seriously wounded people in the parking structure lobby and another in an elevator car on the fifth floor of the six-story structure.
Both are in critical condition at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
A third victim was found near the street in front of the elevator lobby. He was treated at the scene for an injury that Meltzer said wasn’t believed to be life-threatening.
The wounded were described as males, ages currently unknown.
Meltzer said investigators don’t believe the confrontation between the two groups was gang-related, but they were still trying to determine their relationship.
Police and property security officers closed exits and entrances to the Showcase Mall parking structure for more than two hours while they investigated.