Las Vegas cops arrested a man on Friday for allegedly killing a relative and shooting another two hours earlier during an argument at the Mirage on the Strip.
Billy Hemsley, 54, fatally shot a man and two women before fleeing from a hotel room on the eighth floor of the Mirage around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to police and news reports.
The suspect, who had a history of violence and run-ins with the law, was arrested approximately 7 miles from the Mirage, near Nellis Boulevard and Twain Avenue, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said.
“To suspect identified, located & arrested! And all within six hours of the incident,” tweeted Capt. Dori Koren of the Vegas Police Homicide Unit.
“There’s nothing quite like getting away with murder in #Vegas!” he wrote, adding a series of hashtags praising the force’s “hard” work.
The victims have not been identified and police have not yet released their relationship to the shooter. It was not clear what the dispute was about.
The two female victims were taken to hospital in critical condition after he shot them “several times”, according to police and reports.
Hemsley had a lengthy rap sheet that included a prison sentence and two attempted murder charges for violent attacks on his girlfriend.
In 2012, the Las Vegas resident allegedly stabbed his girlfriend and stole her car after they argued about his cocaine use, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“I’m going to kill you,” Helmsley told him, adding, “That’s what happens in jail when you do bad things,” the Review-Journal said.
The attack follows a 2003 incident where he shot his cousin and a 2005 crime in which he strangled a girlfriend during an argument, the newspaper said.
In the Mirage shooting, he faces charges of murder and two counts of attempted murder, cops said.
A spokesperson for MGM Resorts International, which operates the Mirage, questioned police, the Review-Journal said.