Man accidentally shot by friend in casino parking lot

Man accidentally shot by friend in casino parking lot

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Police say the man injured during a fight at the Hard Rock Casino parking garage early Sunday morning was shot accidentally by a friend.

According to police, the victim and his friend left the casino around 2:45 a.m. and headed to the parking garage. There, they go into a fight with two other people.

Police say during that fight, the friend pulled out a gun and fired multiple times; accidentally grazing the victim.

Word of the shooting spread quickly along Casino Row. One cab driver, who wishes to remain anonymous, told WLOX News Now he was working at Beau Rivage when he heard about the shooting from another cab driver.

"There were cops everywhere. I've been out here for years and I've never heard or seen anything like that," the cab driver said.

Hard Rock released the following statement Sunday afternoon:

"We are aware of an incident which occurred in our parking garage early this morning and we [are] cooperating fully with the Biloxi Police Department as it proceeds through its investigation. The altercation was a result of a dispute among individuals. We wish to underscore that the isolated incident did not occur inside our casino and in no way affected the safety of our patrons."

Police are still trying to figure out what caused the fight, and the identities of the other two people involved. If you have any information that could help, call the Biloxi Police Department at (228) 392-0641 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at (877) 787-5898. You can also leave a tip online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com

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