San Diego County’s Sycuan Casino Site of Reported Shooting, Victim Hospitalized
California’s Sycuan Casino Resort reportedly was the scene of a shooting Wednesday evening. Homicide investigators went to the crime site. But as of early Thursday local authorities did not reveal if the solitary victim was alive.
Details on the extent of wounds were not released to the local media. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, according to KSWB, a San Diego TV station.
The homicide unit of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department went to the area of Sycuan Casino in El Cajon at about 6 pm to investigate the crime, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper.
The initial newspaper report said the shooting took place at or near the Sycuan Casino. Later news reports from KSWB said the shooting occurred at the gaming property.
The tribal casino is operated by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. The property is located about 16 miles east of downtown San Diego.
Sycuan tribal police also went to the crime scene. They were not available early Thursday for immediate comment.
Both tribal police and sheriff’s deputies were searching the scene late Wednesday looking for evidence and possible witnesses.
It was unknown as of early Thursday if authorities made an arrest in connection with the shooting. Nor was it known if there are any suspects in the case.
Murder Took Place Near Casino in November
In an unrelated case, last November a fatal shooting took place near Sycuan Casino. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Daniel Christopher Allen, age 49, shortly after the shooting.
He was charged with murder. The case is pending in local court and Allen has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The victim in that shooting, James Owens, age 31, was given a ride by a friend after he suffered multiple gun shots. Deputies located the car he was traveling in a short time later. It was near the casino.
Deputies gave the victim initial emergency treatment. But the wounded man died by the car, KSND, another local TV station, reported.
In another San Diego County casino crime, three people were killed and a fourth wounded during a shooting spree in 2006 near Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort.
In still another incident at the Harrah’s Rincon Casino in 2012, officers opened fire on a man who allegedly attempted to run over deputies in a pickup truck in front of gaming property. Both deputies and the driver survived.
The outcome of court proceedings on these earlier incidents was not immediately available from California officials.
Harrah’s Rincon Casino is approximately 40 miles northeast of downtown San Diego.
San Diego County Tribal Casinos Linked to Coronavirus Cases
Last December, seven tribal casinos in San Diego County were being blamed for the spread of coronavirus in the region.
KPBS, a not-for-profit media organization owned by San Diego State University, said in a report that at least 638 COVID-19 cases diagnosed between June and December were linked to tribal casinos in the area.
For example, Sycuan Casino Resort was linked to 155 COVID-19 cases. But tribal leaders in the region disputed allegations about the health and safety of the casinos.
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