Atlantis Casino Parking Lot Murder Investigated by Reno Cops

Posted: June 4, 2022, 6:26 a.m.

Last update: June 4, 2022, 6:26 a.m.

Police in Reno, Nevada continue to search for the killer of a man in the parking lot of the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. The victim suffered at least one gunshot wound Friday evening.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada, pictured above. The site parking lot was the scene of a fatal shooting. (Photo: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa)

The gendarmes were informed of the shooting around 11 p.m. Paramedics attempted to save the man, but he died shortly after sustaining the injuries, KRNVa local television station, reported.

Reno Police Lt. Anthony Elges told the TV station it appears the shooter or shooters knew the victim before the shooting. Police did not specify the motive for the shooting.

The identity of the victim was withheld on Saturday until his family can be notified. Police have not released a description of the suspect.

It’s likely they were looking for evidence and witnesses at the crime scene this weekend. Officers will also likely review the casino’s surveillance video.

It was unclear if the victim had been in the casino prior to the shooting. The casino is operated by Monarch Casino & Resort.

Life sentence for an earlier shooting

Previous shootings have occurred or were linked to Reno casinos. Last June, Daniel Shadow Bear Hutchinson, 24, and Justin Tyron Jackson, 55, both of Chiloquin, Oregon, were convicted of murder at a casino.

The verdict was announced after a three-week jury trial in Washoe District Court in Nevada. Both men had pleaded not guilty.

In August, Hutchinson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murder. A consecutive sentence of eight to 20 years was handed down for the use of a deadly weapon, according to KTVN, a Reno television station. Another consecutive sentence of eight to 20 years was also imposed for attempted theft. And he was sentenced to a consecutive sentence of two to five years for the criminal in possession of a firearm.

Jackson was sentenced to a total of 36 years to life in prison. The victim was Christopher Dressler, 37, of Sparks.

Defendants met the victim at Reno’s Club Cal Neva Casino on October 11, 2019. The duo and Dressler later drove to California Avenue, where they allegedly attempted to rob him from a vacant lot. Hutchinson then allegedly shot Dressler in the chest.

Dressler was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The two men were arrested shortly thereafter.

Police involved in a casino shooting

Additionally, Reno Police Officer Thomas White was deemed justified when he fired two shots, killing 24-year-old Steven Valenzuela, at Reno’s Eldorado Casino in 2017.

Valenzuela was a suspect in an armed robbery, according to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office. When officers located Valenzuela, he fled inside the casino and was eventually confronted by White in an elevator.

The suspect had a gun on him. When Valenzuela began advancing towards White, the officer fired two shots. Valenzuela was a known gang member.