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Notarized affidavit tells of aftermath
of purported Crazy Horse shooting,
but no police report was filed
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
February 13, 2006
LAS VEGAS - This is a story I really don't want to tell. In fact, I'd
planned to take the week off -- until I received a fax.
A man who claimed to have been passing by the Las Vegas Crazy Horse Too
on Sunday morning, January 29, faxed me a notarized affidavit just
before press time. The man said he saw extensive police
activity in front of the club on the 29th, and asked that his name be
withheld from this column. He was the fourth person to contact me since
incident, claiming to have witnessed activities involving a shooting,
or claiming to have spoken to someone who did.
The problem is there's no
Police Report on file
, and that
deeply troubles me if what I'm being told is true.
it may concern:
I swar (sp)
its the truth that on
Sunday morning at 6:15 AM - 1-29-06, a black male coming out of the
Crazy Horse Too strip club was shot. He was drop from the front of
Buffalo Jim's place. It was a gang bang shooting. Lot was full of
gangsters from California. The lot was full of cars from California.
The news truck was left across the street from the scene. There was
yellow tap (sp) around the hole (sp) lot. Metro Police would not let no
one on the seen (sp). They was rud (sp) and they was trying to act like
nothing happened at the club. Being the Crazy Horse strip club, they
harass bystanders that was not at the club. I seen the crime seen (sp)
write (sp) after the shooting. Too (sp) the best of my knowledge the
man was inside the Crazy Horse Too strip club. Living in this
neighborhood for sixteen years I have seen a lot of criminal activity
from the Crazy Horse Too strip club management and employees, customers
Signed and notarized on January
makes this affidavit intriguing is that its author is willing to
identify himself, at least to me. The three other anonymous sources who
contacted me by email have all but disappeared. When I asked them to
identify themselves, they refused saying they feared retribution, or in
one case said she feared being charged as "an accessory to a
My answer? To withhold valid information is truly being an accessory to a crime!
Then there's the question of why police would want to cover up such an
event? Its a known fact there are rogue cops
who over the years have protected the Crazy Horse Too. The club is
under federal investigation, and criminal
indictments are pending. Also, a new Crazy Horse just opened in
Philadelphia, and its license may soon be sold
to another owner. An untimely shooting incident would surely throw a
monkey wrench into these issues.
Most of my source's stories at first looked credible, then upon further
the stories fell apart. One said a man was shot and killed inside the
strip club during a gang war. Another said that a Crazy Horse employee
shot a patron in the head killing him inside the club. And a third said
a Crazy Horse employee shot off a patron's ear.
Even though it was six in the morning when the alleged shooting
happened, there must have been at least seventy five patrons present,
and so far none have contacted me to tell their story. This is unusual
because any Google
search of "Crazy Horse Too Las Vegas" will list my INSIDE VEGAS
articles on the front page, and my email address is located at the top
and bottom of each of my columns. People with stories to tell about the
Crazy Horse find it easy to contact me, and often do, especially if
they witnessed a shooting! In this case, none have so far, but if the
shooting did occur, I hope other credible witnesses surface. Having
only one witness
willing to identify himself leaves me with serious doubts that there
was ever a shooting on that date.
This makes me wonder if I'm being set up as a effort to try lessen my
credibility? I've been covering violence at the Vegas Crazy Horse since
1999, and my columns have been the basis for several national news
As a writer my credibility is all important, so its imperative that I
have several corroborating witnesses to back up my INSIDE VEGAS columns
especially when I allege a possible shooting, murder, or police cover
up. With this story, I admit that my evidence is very weak -- so weak
in fact that I had planned to issue a retraction to an E-Brief I sent
last Monday telling of the purported shooting based on one alleged
witness statement sent to me via email, and a telephone interview with
another alleged witness. Following my E-Brief, I
checked with LVMPD to find if a report was filed. Nothing. I also
waited to hear from additional witnesses. One surfaced, but her
On Monday, February 6, I plan to make an inquiry at the Clark County
I also spoke with several police officers I know, and they knew nothing
of the incident. One went so far as to say it would have taken dozens
of officers, fire department and paramedic personnel to cover up a
shooting, and that's nearly impossible even in Sin City where our
tourist friendly reputation is paramount. "What happens here stays here?"
On Saturday, I issued a follow up E-Brief hoping it would inspire new
Regarding last Sunday's purported shooting at the Las Vegas Crazy
Horse Too, I'm becoming increasingly aware that I may have been
given false information by at least four sources.
My original source in the shooting story was also responsible
for feeding Las Vegas SUN
columnist Jeff German
information regarding the purchase of the Crazy Horse by San Francisco
businessman Luke Brugnara. Last Friday in his column
Mr. German questioned the veracity of his original
of January 26.
I'm now finding myself in the same predicament.
Because of the importance of the story I relayed, and the fact
that there is no record of such a shooting with the LV Metro
Police Department, I've challenged my four sources to meet with me eye
No one has agreed to do so citing fear of retaliation.
I do not accept that excuse in a free society, so I'm giving
the four sources until Monday afternoon to make themselves
available for a confidential interview to relay their "eyewitness"
accounts. I will protect their identities under the Nevada Shield Law.
If they refuse, I will feel compelled as a journalist to make a full
retraction in an E-Brief, on Rick
Porrello's Organized Crime Forum
, and on PhillyBlog.com
where the shooting story has taken on a life of its own.
I take great pride in living in Las Vegas, and would hate to know
that a shooting can occur and then allegedly be covered up by local law
enforcement officials. Several police officers reminded me that it
would have taken dozens of persons working together in
secrecy to carry out such a cover up, and that's highly
I will let you know my decision Monday evening.
Now, I hesitate to issue a retraction
based on the affidavit I received moments before my INSIDE VEGAS
deadline, and I'm hoping this last minute column inspires credible
witnesses to contact
me at Stevemiller4lv@aol.com
if they were in the Vegas Crazy Horse Too on Sunday morning January 29,
around 6 AM, or know any other facts.
However, as a life long Las Vegan, I really hope I'm being duped
respect the thousands of men and women in local law enforcement, and
would hate to learn that a few rogue cops
have the power to cover up such an important story.
Sunday Feb. 5,
at 7 PM PST, a second eyewitness contacted me to state that he
observed the taped off front of the Crazy Horse Too on the morning of
Jan. 29. Why
would Metro Police close a business and tape off its entrance unless
something very important happened, and if this occurred, why was an Incident Report not
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