Tulsa casino hit by gunfire; no injuries
BY Staff Reports
Monday, November 19, 2012
11/19/12 at 7:44 AM
A person fired shots outside a Tulsa casino Sunday night, striking a casino entrance window, casino officials and a witness said.
No one was harmed, officials said.
The River Spirit Casino, 8330 Riverside Parkway, was locked down following the shooting shortly after 8 p.m.
"A shot was fired and struck a window at the front entrance of River Spirit Casino. All Patrons and staff are safe and unharmed," said a statement issued by the casino on Sunday night.
Deborah Berryman, a casino patron from Tulsa who was inside when the shooting occurred, said she saw a man shoot a gun in the air and glass shatter near a front window entrance.
She said casino officials used the public address system, asking everyone inside to move toward the back of the casino, toward storm shelters in the building.
Tulsa police surrounded the casino shortly after it was reported, and searched a nearby parking garage and other areas nearby for evidence.
The casino is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Creek Nation security officers were working with Tulsa police in the investigation.
Officers were questioning people who were entering and leaving the casino about the incident.
"The safety of our patrons and our staff is our first and foremost concern," said casino General Manager Jerry Floyd in a statement.
"Tulsa Police, Creek Nation Security and the FBI are on the scene to investigate. Once patrons and staff have been interviewed by the police and FBI the casino will re-open."
He said officials hoped to have the casino reopened by 10 p.m. Sunday.
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