Man sought in shooting outside West Valley casino

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The Gila River Police Department believes the person shown in this photograph was involved in the shooting. By Jennifer Thomas The Gila River Police Department believes the person shown in this photograph was involved in the shooting. By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

LAVEEN, Ariz. -- Gila River police are searching for a man in connection with a shooting outside a casino on the Gila River Indian Reservation Friday night.

Police said a guest got into an argument with security in the parking lot of Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino and fired two shots into the air.

Vee Quiva spokeswoman Melody Hudson said nobody was hurt in the shooting. The casino was forced to close temporarily while police investigated.

The Gila River Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a man they believe was involved in the shooting.

Police have released a photo of the suspect described as a black male, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, 24 to 28 years old, wearing a black shirt, black pants and black shoes. Police said this suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police said he fled the casino in a pickup truck with two other men and led officers on a pursuit into Phoenix.

The man reportedly ran from the truck with the other passenger. The passenger was located and detained for questioning.

Phoenix police officers detained the driver of the truck at Sky Harbor International Airport shortly after the shooting, which occurred around 9 p.m. He was taken into custody without incident and arrested on a felony warrant.

Anyone with information concerning the outstanding suspect or the shooting is asked to call the Gila River Police Department dispatch at 520-562-1855.