The tragic incident that took place on August 22, 2022, at the Capitol Casino in Sacramento resulted in the death of 27-year-old security guard Sean Bernal. Bernal was shot and killed while trying to prevent a robbery at the casino.
The perpetrator, Dawan Pecot, 38, was recently convicted of first-degree murder by a Sacramento Superior Court. The incident unfolded when Pecot attempted to rob the cardroom and Bernal escorted him out at taser point. However, Pecot pulled out a gun and shot Bernal in the neck as he marched back into the casino.
Pecot managed to steal over $38,000 before fleeing the scene. He was pursued by a casino employee and attempted to hide in his car. When police arrived, Pecot fired a shot towards the employee and tried to escape on foot. He was eventually tackled to the ground by police and arrested.
Regrettably, Bernal succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. He left behind a one-year-old daughter, and his mother spoke about his heroic actions in trying to save the casino’s employees during the robbery.
As for Pecot, he now faces a potential life sentence without the possibility of parole. His sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2024.
The Capitol Casino has been the site of several shootings in recent years, adding to the tragic history of violence at the establishment. This includes the fatal shooting of a casino worker in 2016 and the shooting of a local woman in 2021. Both incidents resulted in arrests and legal proceedings for the perpetrators involved.
The repeated violence at the casino underscores the need for increased security and measures to ensure the safety of both employees and patrons. The community and law enforcement will undoubtedly continue to address the ongoing challenges posed by such criminal activity.