Montana casino shooting kills 3; police kill suspected gunman


Three people died during a shooting in a Montana casino early Tuesday and the suspected gunman was killed by police hours later, officials said.

The shooting occurred at 2 a.m. in the Emerald City Casino in Great Falls, the Great Falls Police Department said in a statement.

Police responders found the three victims inside the casino upon arrival. The gunman was killed by police just before 6 a.m. in a residential neighborhood a mile away from the casino, according to police.

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A shooting at the Emerald City Casino in Great Falls, Mont., left three people dead early Tuesday.

A shooting at the Emerald City Casino in Great Falls, Mont., left three people dead early Tuesday.
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“The response from the Great Falls Police Department was almost immediate,” Great Falls Police Superintendent Tom Moore told the Great Falls Tribune.

The identity of the suspect and a motive for the shooting were not released. An elementary school near where the suspect was killed canceled classes and rescheduled a holiday concert.

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A fourth person injured in the shooting was recovering at the Benefits Hospital from his injuries, police said.

A hospital spokesperson told The Associated Press the victim was in stable condition. The shooting is being investigated by local and federal officials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Chinese woman who trespassed at Mar-a-Lago facing prison time


A Chinese businesswoman is facing prison time for trespassing at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and lying to federal agents.

Yujing Zhang, a 33-year-old Shanghai consultant, was convicted in September of trespassing at the Florida resort in March and lying to Secret Service agents who confronted her.

Prosecutors have suggested Judge Roy Altman give Zhang 18 months in prison.

FILE: Yujing Zhang, left, a Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, listens to a hearing before Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in West Palm Beach, Fla.

FILE: Yujing Zhang, left, a Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, listens to a hearing before Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in West Palm Beach, Fla.
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Zhang had fraudulently gained entry onto the restricted Florida resort by telling a receptionist at the club and Secret Service agents that she was a member, taking photos ahead of a United Nations Chinese Friendship Association event – despite being repeatedly told that no such event was scheduled.

When Zhang was arrested, she was carrying four cellphones, a computer and an external hard drive. Authorities later found nine flash drives, five cellphone SIM cards, a signal detector that could spot hidden cameras, and around $8,000 in cash in her Palm Beach hotel room.

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Her bizarre behavior and backstory led to suspicions that she was a spy for Beijing, but she was never charged with espionage or related crimes. Zhang’s text messages presented at trial suggested she was obsessed with the president.

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Zhang had acted as her own attorney during her September trial and has not filed any documents regarding sentencing. She has no prior criminal record.

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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