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Police: Gunshot in ‘Thunder’ case narrowly missed

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man who tried to make off with a suitcase full of costumes and props used by the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under fired a shot at the head of one cast member before being subdued and left with a black eye, police said Wednesday.

The thief pulled a .44-caliber Magnum handgun before another cast member jostled his hand, police said in an arrest report that provided a dramatic account of the behind-the-scenes fight Tuesday evening at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino.

The bullet struck a wall, the gun fell to the floor, and six well-muscled members of the Australia-based group held the man until security arrived, the report said.

The suspect, who appears to be in his 20s, identified himself, but police suspect he provided a fake name. He suffered unspecified injuries and was hospitalized before being booked as “John Doe” into the Clark County jail.

A jailhouse booking photo shows a black eye and facial bruises from the backstage scuffle.

“The suspect definitely got the worst of it,” Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer said.

The suspect was awaiting an initial court appearance on felony attempted murder, armed robbery and burglary with a weapon charges that could get him decades in state prison if he is convicted. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

One cast member was treated at the Excalibur for minor injuries.

The weapon was seized as evidence. Police said it wasn’t registered.

Several people told investigators they noticed the man walking around the showroom before Tuesday’s performance wearing a SWAT hat, fireman’s shirt and police-style boots. They told investigators that no one approached him because they thought he was a new dancer.

When confronted, the man allegedly told the show director that he bought the items for his girlfriend.

Performers later realized the items he wore had been taken from their dressing areas, according to the police report.

Thunder From Down Under, an all-male group featuring chiseled shirtless men, has wowed millions of viewers, mostly women, since 1991.

A Thunder From Down Under executive didn’t respond Wednesday to several messages from The Associated Press.

Hotel operations and the show schedule weren’t affected, said Gordon Absher, a spokesman for hotel owner MGM Resorts International.

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Police: Gunshot in ‘Thunder’ case narrowly missed

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man who tried to make off with a suitcase full of costumes and props used by the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under fired a shot at the head of one cast member before being subdued and left with a black eye, police said Wednesday.

The thief pulled a .44-caliber Magnum handgun before another cast member jostled his hand, police said in an arrest report that provided a dramatic account of the behind-the-scenes fight Tuesday evening at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino.

The bullet struck a wall, the gun fell to the floor, and six well-muscled members of the Australia-based group held the man until security arrived, the report said.

The suspect, who appears to be in his 20s, identified himself, but police suspect he provided a fake name. He suffered unspecified injuries and was hospitalized before being booked as “John Doe” into the Clark County jail.

A jailhouse booking photo shows a black eye and facial bruises from the backstage scuffle.

“The suspect definitely got the worst of it,” Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer said.

The suspect was awaiting an initial court appearance on felony attempted murder, armed robbery and burglary with a weapon charges that could get him decades in state prison if he is convicted. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

One cast member was treated at the Excalibur for minor injuries.

The weapon was seized as evidence. Police said it wasn’t registered.

Several people told investigators they noticed the man walking around the showroom before Tuesday’s performance wearing a SWAT hat, fireman’s shirt and police-style boots. They told investigators that no one approached him because they thought he was a new dancer.

When confronted, the man allegedly told the show director that he bought the items for his girlfriend.

Performers later realized the items he wore had been taken from their dressing areas, according to the police report.

Thunder From Down Under, an all-male group featuring chiseled shirtless men, has wowed millions of viewers, mostly women, since 1991.

A Thunder From Down Under executive didn’t respond Wednesday to several messages from The Associated Press.

Hotel operations and the show schedule weren’t affected, said Gordon Absher, a spokesman for hotel owner MGM Resorts International.

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Police: Gunshot in ‘Thunder’ case narrowly missed

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man who tried to make off with a suitcase full of costumes and props used by the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under fired a shot at the head of one cast member before being subdued and left with a black eye, police said Wednesday.

The thief pulled a .44-caliber Magnum handgun before another cast member jostled his hand, police said in an arrest report that provided a dramatic account of the behind-the-scenes fight Tuesday evening at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino.

The bullet struck a wall, the gun fell to the floor, and six well-muscled members of the Australia-based group held the man until security arrived, the report said.

The suspect, who appears to be in his 20s, identified himself, but police suspect he provided a fake name. He suffered unspecified injuries and was hospitalized before being booked as “John Doe” into the Clark County jail.

A jailhouse booking photo shows a black eye and facial bruises from the backstage scuffle.

“The suspect definitely got the worst of it,” Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer said.

The suspect was awaiting an initial court appearance on felony attempted murder, armed robbery and burglary with a weapon charges that could get him decades in state prison if he is convicted. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

One cast member was treated at the Excalibur for minor injuries.

The weapon was seized as evidence. Police said it wasn’t registered.

Several people told investigators they noticed the man walking around the showroom before Tuesday’s performance wearing a SWAT hat, fireman’s shirt and police-style boots. They told investigators that no one approached him because they thought he was a new dancer.

When confronted, the man allegedly told the show director that he bought the items for his girlfriend.

Performers later realized the items he wore had been taken from their dressing areas, according to the police report.

Thunder From Down Under, an all-male group featuring chiseled shirtless men, has wowed millions of viewers, mostly women, since 1991.

A Thunder From Down Under executive didn’t respond Wednesday to several messages from The Associated Press.

Hotel operations and the show schedule weren’t affected, said Gordon Absher, a spokesman for hotel owner MGM Resorts International.

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Police: Gunshot in ‘Thunder’ case narrowly missed

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say a man who tried to loot the Las Vegas dressing room of the all-male revue Thunder From Down Under fired a .44-caliber Magnum handgun at the head of one cast member before he was subdued and left with a black eye.

Police say the man apparently provided a fake name before he was booked Wednesday as “John Doe” after being treated a hospital for injuries received in the Tuesday night scuffle at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino.

The suspect is being held without bail pending an initial court appearance on felony attempted murder, armed robbery and burglary with a weapon charges. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.

Police say someone knocked his hand away and no one was hit by the gunshot.

One cast member was treated for minor injuries.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

An armed thief who picked the wrong dressing room to loot was tackled by well-muscled members of the Thunder From Down Under male revue as he headed for an exit at a Las Vegas Strip resort, police and hotel officials said Wednesday.

The man fired one shot as he was confronted by performers who saw him fleeing with their belongings about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Excalibur Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer said.

No one was hit by gunfire, she said.

One cast member was treated at the scene for minor injuries after police said he was struck in the face during the scuffle, hotel spokesman Gordon Absher said.

The suspect was taken to a Las Vegas hospital with unspecified injuries pending transfer to the Clark County jail. His name wasn’t immediately released.

Thunder From Down Under, an Australia-based all-male group featuring chiseled shirtless men, has wowed millions of viewers, mostly women, since 1991.

Hotel operations and the show schedule weren’t affected by the scuffle, said Absher, a spokesman for hotel owner MGM Resorts International.

A Thunder From Down Under executive didn’t immediately respond to messages.