Casino Held Liable for Injuries During Biker Shootout

Laughlin Harrahs, site of 2002 biker club shootout Associated Press Graphic

A civil jury has said that Harrahs Casino in Laughlin Nevada is liable for injuries suffered by patrons during the 2002 brawl between the Hells Angels and Mongols Motorcycle clubs.

Las Vegas attorney Brent Bryson on Thursday told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper the same eight-person Clark County District Court jury that found for his clients late Wednesday has returned today to begin determining the dollar amount of damages.

“We obviously disagree with the finding of liability.” said the lead defense attorney, James Olson. ¬†Olson indicated the Casino may appeal.

“This wasn’t going to be stopped,” he said of the incident, in which he said Hell’s Angels members stormed into the casino past two armed police officers.

One of the plaintiffs, Michael Bower, claimed in the lawsuit he was caught in the crossfire between the Hell’s Angels and Mongols, with the bikers armed with guns, knives and other weapons. Bower said he dove off his gaming chair to seek cover and suffered a back injury as well as emotional trauma and flashbacks to combat during the Vietnam War.

(excerpted from the Las Vegas Sun News)