Armored guards ambushed, one shot during robbery at Hustler Casino in Gardena


Police say gunmen ambushed a pair of armored truck guards during a stop Thursday at the Hustler Casino in Gardena.

A security guard was shot during a shootout with the robbers, Gardena Police Lieutenant Christopher Cuff said.

“As far as I understand, as soon as they get out of the… [armored truck] they were answered with gunfire,” Cuff said. The suspects were armed with pistols and at least one rifle and made off with an undisclosed amount of money, he said.

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The suspects did not enter the casino and fled after one of the armored car guards returned fire, Cuff said. A second guard of an armored car was injured as a result of “cuts and multiple lacerations,” he said.

The suspects are still in custody and no description has been given, except that the suspects were wearing dark-colored clothing. The Hustler Casino was open during the shooting and multiple witnesses rushed into the building.

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Gardena Police and paramedics from the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived at the scene shortly before 10:30 a.m. after receiving reports of gunshots.

Emergency services arrived at the scene of a gunshot wound victim and took them to a local hospital in an unknown condition shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Helicopter videos from various news channels show employees and customers being led out of the building and an armored vehicle in the parking lot. There was no direct description of the shooter and police continue to search the area, according to emergency scanner reports.

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Police in riot gear surrounded a building down the street from the casino on South Vermont Avenue around 12:10 p.m. It is unclear whether a suspect was in the building, according to emergency scanners. Witnesses said they saw a suspect running toward a building, but people in that building said they saw no one enter.