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FBI leads probe into Citizen Potawatomi Nation casino shooting




The Citizen Potawatomi Nation owns and operates the Grand Casino Hotel Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Photo: Grand Casino Resort

Correction: The name of the second employee, the 28-year-old, was misreported in the original post. It has been changed below.

A fatal shooting at a casino owned by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma is under federal investigation.

The incident at the Grand Casino Hotel Resort occurred around 6:49am on Tuesday, the tribe said in a statement. It took place in an administrative area of the facility.

"Because the incident occurred in a non-public area of the casino administrative offices and most employees had not yet arrived for their shift, no casino guests or other employees were endangered," the tribe said.

Mathew Palmer, 22, was shot and killed at the casino, the tribe said. He was an employee.

A second employee, Justin Wells, 28, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot, KFOR reported. He has been hospitalized but his condition has not been reported.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken the lead on the shooting because it occurred on Indian land.

Read More on the Story:
FBI continues investigation into Grand Casino shooting (The Shawnee News-Star 1/10)
One man dead, another hurt in Shawnee casino shooting (The Oklahoman 1/10)
CPN releases names of employees in double shooting (The Shawnee News-Star 1/10)
One dead, one injured in Shawnee casino shooting (KFOR 1/10)

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