Vegas Gunman Surrenders After Four Hour SWAT Standoff

A man who allegedly shot one person dead and wounded another on a Las Vegas transit bus has surrendered to police following a four-hour standoff.

A police spokesperson was quoted as saying that the alleged gunman surrendered without incident.

The other shooting victim who survived was reported to have minor injuries and was rushed to hospital.

There was nobody else on the bus at the time that the gunman surrendered, police said.

Police have ruled out terrorism as a possible motive for the shooting.

The standoff began about 11 a.m. Saturday with a shooting that killed one person and injured another.

It happened on a double-decker bus stopped on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino.

‘He was on the bus. He was shooting people on the bus. He was just contained to that location. He never exited the bus,’ Clark County Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts said.

The city was in a state of terror Saturday as the Cosmopolitan hotel was evacuated following the shooting.

For hours, crisis negotiators, robots and armored vehicles surrounded the bus with authorities uncertain if there were any more victims inside the bus.

Meanwhile, officers swept into the casinos to warn tourists to bunker down until further notice, leaving these normally bustling pedestrian areas and a road notorious for taxi-to-taxi traffic completely empty.

The Strip, normally crowded with cars and people, was shut down for blocks in both directions.

Around 1.45pm, local time, a loud bang occurred near the bus, as some reports indicate the SWAT team detonated the side of the vehicle.

There was a flash of light and smoke appeared to come from the bus, which was stopped on Las Vegas Boulevard.