Filipino Arrested in Fatal Bus Shooting in Las Vegas

Police authorities have arrested a Filipino man after a shooting incident that left one man dead and another wounded on Saturday, March 25 on the Strip.

Rolando Bueno Cardenas, 55, of Las Vegas faces charges of open murder with use of a firearm, attempted murder with use of a firearm, burglary while in possession of a firearm, and discharging a gun within a vehicle, the Metropolitan Police Department said Sunday.

He was arrested after hours-long standoff in front of The Cosmopolitan. At 11:00am double-decker RTC bus stopped in the 3700 block of Las Vegas Boulevard South to unload passengers when Cardenas, sitting at the rear part of the bus, started firing several rounds from a handgun, hitting two male passengers, according to a report by Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Cardenas, according to police, fired the handgun for no apparent reason. The victims were brought to the University Medical Center where one of them, Gary Breitling, 57, of Sidney, Montana, died.

The incident sparked panic in the area popular with tourists as The Cosmopolitan evacuated its guests as precaution and traffic at the busy Strip came to a standstill.

At 3:15pm Cardenas eventually surrendered as he raised his hands after exiting the bus.

No explanation for the shooting or possible motive has been suggested so far as police quickly dismissed that the incident was terrorist-related.