Tragedy at Las Vegas’ Rio Casino as Suicide Occurs with AR-15 Rifle Discovered Nearby

Last month, Michael James Robinson was found dead in a restroom at Las Vegas’ Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino due to an apparent suicide. An AR-15 style rifle and a note to police were found near his body. The Clark County coroner’s office confirmed that his death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The restroom was located off of the casino floor, close to the property’s main valet entrance. The rifle was outside of the stall, with a magazine attached to it. No other weapons were found in the vicinity.

A gaming floor supervisor reported hearing a loud bang that was later suspected to be the gunshot. After entering the restroom, the supervisor found Robinson lying on the floor inside a locked handicap stall. A suitcase and bag were also present, though it is unknown if the firearm had been hidden in either of them. The suicide note was found in the bag and addressed to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).

Prior to his death, Robinson was seen acting suspiciously in the casino parking lot and randomly trying to open doors in the gaming property. The Rio is operated by Caesars Entertainment; a spokesperson for the company did not offer any comment on the incident.