Dayton native, Fenwick grad on lockdown at Cosmo in Vegas

A view from Brandon Callahan's room at the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. CONTRIBUTED

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A view from Brandon Callahan's room at the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. CONTRIBUTED

A Dayton native on vacation with his wife in Las Vegas was on lockdown for several hours after a bus shooting and standoff near the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino.

Brandon Callahan, 31, a Fenwick High School graduate, said he is staying at the Cosmo and was in the bathroom near where a double-decker bus was involved in the shooting and police standoff outside.

“People came running into the bathroom and I found my wife and we stood on a toilet and locked the stall door. People were yelling that there was an active shooter in the hotel but we found out later that was not the case,” Callahan said through an instant message on WHIO’s Facebook page.

The incident began around 11 a.m. Vegas time when one person was killed and another injured on the bus. The gunman who barricaded himself inside the bus surrendered peacefully after a lengthy standoff that forced the popular Vegas Strip to be on lockdown for hours, according to Associated Press reports.

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“We heard an explosion not long ago and it was an explosion on the side of the bus,” said Callahan, who now lives in North Carolina. “They are telling everyone to stay in their rooms right now. This section of the strip is locked down.”

Corey Thrush of Brookville also was on vacation in Las Vegas this weekend. He and his family encountered sections of the Strip that were blocked to tourists while a police SWAT team and negotiators were working to take the suspect into custody.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said the incident was not terror-related, but that it was not known what led to the shooting, according to AP reports.

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