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Man killed in shooting inside Lake Tahoe casino prompting massive police response | Update

Douglas County Sheriff Daniel Coverley said the incident appears to be isolated and that two suspects are in custody.

STATELINE, Nev. — A shooting inside a popular Lake Tahoe area hotel and casino left one man dead and prompted a massive police response Saturday morning.

According to Douglas County Sheriff Daniel Coverley, deputies were called to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe around 8 a.m. Saturday on reports of an active shooter.

Deputies found one man who had been shot in the head at a bar inside the Stateline casino. First responders took the man, identified as 32-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident Omar Garcia, to a hospital where he later died.

As many as 100 officers from eight law enforcement agencies descended upon the scene as the hotel and casino went into a lockdown, a hotel representative said.

Miles away on Highway 50 near Sierra at Tahoe Resort, deputies with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office spotted the car believed to have been used by the suspects.

Deputies stopped the car and arrested Edgar Julian Delgado, 24, on suspicion of murder and Savannah Racquel Tautaupale, 26, on suspicion of driving under the influence.

"Our partnerships with the surrounding jurisdictions continue to be remarkable.  I would also like to thank the Hard Rock Casino for their cooperation," said Coverley. "Their security and surveillance were instrumental in us being able to quickly identify the suspect in his vehicle, which ultimately led to his arrest."

Investigators believe that the shooting was isolated. Coverley said that the suspect and victim got into an argument before shots rang out.

"From what we can tell they met up at the Center Bar about 2 this morning and spent a good deal of time drinking and had hanging out there," said Coverley. "At some point it appears they got into an argument based on the surveillance footage."

Officials do not yet know what the argument was about. They say that while the call was initially classified as an active shooter, the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

Highway 50 was initially closed in both directions Saturday morning, but has since reopened, Nevada State Police said in a Tweet.

In a statement, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino lake Tahoe said that it has reopened for guests, expressing gratitude for the law enforcement agencies that responded to the shooting.

"The team at Hard Rock Lake Tahoe is devastated and our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the victim," the statement said. "We are extremely grateful for our security team and local law enforcement for their swift action to apprehend the suspect within minutes of this occurrence and ensuring the safety of all of our team members and guests. Grief counselors are on site."

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