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2 shot at Oregon casino in gunfight between man, police

August 18, 2022 GMT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Two people were shot as a man and police exchanged gunfire at an Oregon casino, tribal officials said.

Police stopped a man with a gun at the door of Wildhorse Casino and Resort in Pendleton after he tried to rob the casino in the small northeastern Oregon city of Pendleton, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation said Wednesday.

A bystander and the suspect were struck by gunfire during the shootout, tribal officials said. Both were taken to a local hospital for treatment. No one else was injured, officials said.

Officials said Wednesday afternoon that the suspect was in custody and the site was secure. Police from multiple agencies responded, officials said.

Officials said later Wednesday that the resort and casino were open except for the food court, while the investigation continues.

“We are grateful no one else was physically injured with all that took place,” CEO Gary George said in a statement on Facebook. “Security personnel and Tribal Police were quick to act and the situation was controlled in a swift manner.”