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Investigators say one shot fired at casino

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 11/19/2012 6:33 pm Published: 11/18/2012 10:05 pm

Tulsa police, the FBI, and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police say one shot was fired into the River Spirit Casino on Sunday night.

Investigators say that bullet hit a window about 12 feet over a door, but the bullet did not go through the glass. The incident caused the casino to be placed on lockdown for more than an hour. According to Marketing Director, Bob Dimmick, one shot was fired outside the casino, shattering a window.

Investigators believe the shot came from across the street and say no one was ever in danger.  They are interviewing guests and employees, about the incident. No one was injured, but surveillance video is being reviewed as investigators search for the shooter.

The casino re-opened later Sunday night.

Overall, casino officials said security measures worked well.

"I'm still not scared to go," Deborah Berryman, who was in the casino when the bullet hit the window, said.

Berryman said she was actually right near the window that was hit. At first, she says it was scary.

"Chaos. Everybody started screaming," she said.

But she also said that she never felt like casino security officers weren't in control of the situation.

Berryman said security personnel rushed everyone into safe areas, like storm shelters, as other officers tried to figure out where the shots came from. Even though Berryman said there was some confusion about when it was safe to come out, fortunately nobody was injured.

River Spirit General Manager Jerry Floyd said the hardest part was getting people to stop gaming and move to safety.

"They don't like to be interrupted while they're gaming," Floyd said. "But they did comply with that request."

But, overall, Floyd said a casino like the River Spirit is among the safest places Tulsans can be.

"You're safer here than you are doing Christmas shopping," he said.

That's because River Spirit has at least 1,700 surveillance cameras covering pretty much every inch of the property, both inside and out. It's almost impossible to walk into the casino and not be seen on multiple cameras.

Also, guns are never allowed inside, and dozens of security guards, some armed others not, are on site at any give time.

Those measures have made sure there's never been a major crime committed at the River Spirit Casino. The same is true of the Cherokee Nation's Hard Rock Casino, and the Osage Nation's Million Dollar Casino, which both have similar security measures in place.
"And no one's ever been hurt at the casino," Berryman pointed out.

Even though River Spirit and other casinos in town run occasional safety drills, Floyd said it was good to see protocols tested so the staff can improve safety even more.

"Last night was an eye-opening experience to just remind us that we're not immune, just like anywhere else is not immune."

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Mayor Maynot - 11/19/2012 9:25 PM
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The aleman gang

Mayor Maynot - 11/19/2012 9:23 PM
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Boycot casinos.

aleman - 11/19/2012 6:16 PM
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It's a conspiracy!Naw...betcha hunnerd it's gang related,damned casinos attract the finest people,gotta love Indian casinos...takin' back America a quarter at a time

Unwashed Mass - 11/19/2012 3:36 PM
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Would the indian police knowingly participate in a cover-up? Casinos have cameras everywhere; they know what happened and it doesn't seem to match what they are saying happened. The bullet over the door.. how old is that?

chill - 11/19/2012 12:40 PM
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and people heard three pops sounds not just one.

chill - 11/19/2012 12:29 PM
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I meant to say yes some people would NOT leave their machines.

chill - 11/19/2012 12:25 PM
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I was there and there was a few people running from the front door towards the non smoking section screaming. They did make a large group of people hit the floor and stay down. My husband was one of them and I was on the non-smoking side. We were asked to stay at the back west side of the casino and were there for approximately and hour and half. There is different stories according to were you located. Actually nobody really knew what was going on. Not even the casino staff until it was investigated further. So I dont think it was chaotic and was handled well but it was actually very scary for some patrons and yes there were some people who would leave their machines. Not in the large section that was asked to hit the ground they did it. The other sections had no clue what was going on. They just asked everone to move to the west side of the casino. Since there were so many different stories that is what caused the scare, noone knew if the gunmen were in the casino or not. Overall I though it was pretty calm considering the circumstance and think the casino did a great job keeping everyone safe.

CheyTailor - 11/19/2012 12:06 PM
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Ya, I work there and was there last night and it wasn't chaotic like people are saying it was! The staff was the ones running around tryin to get the patrons to get off the machines and into a safe place! No one was running around screaming like the people being interviewed said!

hgpste - 11/18/2012 10:38 PM
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I was there. They made us leave and Nobody was being interviewed. Where are they getting this info? From the guy on the news that arrived after the incident?
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