Thunder From Down Under Dancers Tackle Gunman After He Stole From Dressing Room In Las Vegas

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A gunman who tried to steal costumes and props used by an all-male revue show was tackled to the ground by a group of strippers backstage at their Las Vegas event on Tuesday, police said.

Joey Kadmiri, 24, fired a .44-caliber Magnum handgun during the fight, and was left with a black eye and bruises after six members of the Thunder from Down Under strip troupe wrestled him to the ground and subdued him until police arrived, The Associated Press reports.

One cast member suffered minor injuries after the bullet struck a wall and debris hit his face, police said.

The incident took place at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino, where the Kadmiri was accused of trying to make off with a suit case full of the male strippers’ costumes and props used in the show.

Kadmiri was treated for minor injuries from the scuffle and was booked into the Clark County jail.

A jailhouse mug shot shows a black eye and facial bruises from the struggle.

“The suspect definitely got the worst of it,” Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer said.

It isn’t clear what his motive was but he may have been under the influence of methamphetamine, police told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

An initial court appearance has yet to be set for Kadmiri, who has been charged with felony attempted murder, armed robbery and burglary with a weapon. If convicted, he faces decades in state prison.

This is not the first time Kadmiri has been booked. According to AP, a warrant for his arrest was issued in December alleging kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, coercion and battery in a domestic violence case. Kadmiri was accused of hitting a woman at gunpoint and locking her in a closet in November.

Court records show Kadmiri was charged for jaywalking, providing false information and resisting a police officer. He was also convicted of misdemeanor escape in September 2011.