It has been reported that gunshots were fired in Las Vegas after midnight, following the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, and the betting angle is being reviewed. As per Las Vegas Metropolitan police, they are currently investigating the incident and are looking for suspects. One person was injured and was taken to the hospital following the incident. When police arrived at the crime scene, which was outside the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, in the early hours of morning on Sunday, May 5, they found one person grievously injured by a gunshot wound. The person was immediately taken to the University Medical Center for treatment.
The incident caused a great disruption on the Las Vegas Strip, which was seeing a very busy night. It marred the celebrations and events following the fight between the Filipino boxer Pacquiao and the American boxing champion Mayweather Jr. The injuries caused to the victim are not believed to be life-threatening as informed by Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer. She said that the incident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. Meltzer mentioned that the assailant has not been identified yet and no immediate arrests have been made at this point.
The police public safety communications hub closed at around 5 a.m. Sunday. No other major criminal incidents or any unrest was reported overnight at the clubs, venues, and casinos across Las Vegas. Meltzer however did inform that the tally of all arrests made last night was not available at this time. She went on to say that it looked like people in the city behaved themselves and they all had a good time. The report of gunshots being fired in Las Vegas after midnight, following the fight between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao, was a one-off incident, and they are reviewing the betting angle in this case.
Las Vegas was completely flooded by visitors and tourists throughout the weekend. Thousands of fans and revelers were visiting the city for witnessing the ‘Fight of the Century’ between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The fight was a big letdown for boxing fans and enthusiasts around the world, many of whom paid $100 as fees for watching it live on their television sets. The fight saw Mayweather Jr. constantly ducking, clinging, and running away in the boxing ring. Pacquiao, on the contrary was the aggressor and did try his best to provide some entertainment during the bout, which is the first ever billion dollar pay-per-view event. The exact amount involved in betting on both the fighters is still unknown. At the end, Mayweather Jr. was adjudged winner of the bout by a unanimous decision.
Meltzer said that the local officials were preparing for handling the crowd and congestion at the McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada as many fans had traveled on commercial flights from across the U.S. However, most of the celebrities and business tycoons who were invited for watching the fight, had traveled on their private jets which caused a spectacle and crunch for space at the airport. Christine Crews, a spokeswoman for the airport said that the private jets completely packed an apron which is located just off the Strip, and it had to be closed due to lack of additional parking space at 2.30 p.m.
A stabbing incident which led to the death of a woman, which took place at a home miles away from the Strip, was reported in the afternoon on Saturday, May 2. Meltzer said that the stabbing incident was not related to the boxing event. However, the report of gunshots being fired in Las Vegas after midnight, following the fight between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao, is being investigated, and the betting angle is being reviewed.
By Ankur Sinha
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