Delays in serving daiquiri cocktails sparked a fight which escalated into a huge brawl and near riot at the opening of a casino’s new cocktail bar.
Police, who scoured online video footage of the melee, believe they have identified a gunman who fired shots in the casino car park while the brawl was in full swing. A man was subsequently arrested.
The brawl broke out on Friday night at the grand Good Friday opening of Fat Tuesday, described as a “New Orleans-style daiquiri bar” inside Resorts World Casino in New York’s Queens district.
Security was badly outnumbered as people ran amok, punching other patrons and hurling chairs through the air.
Police arrived near midnight to quell the disturbance. Footage shows several fights breaking out, involving dozens of people as 300 patrons gathered for the opening of the new bar.
Video of the scene will be an eye-opener for anyone who thinks of casinos as sophisticated venues, as portrayed in James Bond movies. Footage reveals a sort of running riot or street brawl in a setting resembling a shopping mall food court, with a largely African-American clientele.
Witness told local Eyewitness News that the fight had nothing to do with wins and losses at the casino, but everything to do with delays at the bar.
Police made several arrests and said all injuries appeared to be minor.
A spokesperson for Resorts World said the casino was “reviewing all aspects of this unfortunate event”. The casino was “fully committed to taking steps to ensure similar acts do not take place ever again”.
Written by : Peter Needham