An armed employee at Turnberry Towers in Las Vegas stopped an active shooter who attempted to enter the building’s lobby with an AR-15 rifle last Friday, according to a building resident.
The gunman, who was wearing a tactical helmet and was armed with multiple weapons, attempted to enter the lobby after shooting at the front desk through the lobby’s glass doors.
Upon crossing through the threshold of the door into the lobby, it was an armed employee of the luxury condominium building who shot the gunman, according to a statement from a resident given to KTNV Las Vegas.
The resident said the employee is a “hero who deserves recognition for stepping in.”
Another resident, Benjamin Teal, told 8 News Now that a Turnberry Towers valet may have saved his life shortly before the incident.
“My valet comes out waving his arms saying, ‘There is a guy with a gun, turn around and go the other way,’ and so we go down to the basement the first level where the valet parking is and then we heard about six to seven or eight gunshots,” Teal said. “It was pretty distinguishable to be a gunshot.”
Police called the shooting at the Las Vegas Strip apartment complex an “isolated incident.”
According to the police, two people were involved, one of whom was injured from a gunshot wound and taken to nearby hospital in critical condition.
“I want to dispel any reports of any active assailant or any active shooter situations, that was not the case here today,” Lt. Noe Esparza with the Convention Center Area Command for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told 8 News Now. “The community is safe, this appears to be an isolated incident.”
Las Vegas Police did not state that it was an armed civilian that intervened to stop the gunman, telling reporters from the Daily Signal to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to find out more information.