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Authorities identify Barona murder victim

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LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 43-year-old manager killed at a gaming commission office by a former employee in San Diego County.

Sheriff's deputies say gunman Donnell Roberts killed Raymundo Casillas on Tuesday behind the Barona Resort and Casino near San Diego. Roberts told three secretaries to leave when he first entered the office then shot Casillas and himself to death.

The Barona Gaming Commission released this statement Wednesday:

"This is a very difficult time for the Barona family and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of this unimaginable tragedy…. While there are no words to describe how horrible this incident was, we want to express our deep gratitude to the Barona Security Department, the San Diego Sheriff's Department, the California Highway Patrol, Barona Tribal Enforcement and the Barona Fire Department for their quick response."

The statement also identified Casillas as the executive director of the Barona Gaming Commission, and Roberts as a compliance officer for the commission.

First reports indicated that Roberts was fired from his position, but late Wednesday night Barona issued a revised statement saying Roberts resigned from his position as a compliance officer for the Barona Gaming Commission. Before joining the Gaming Commission, he was a security guard at the casino.

Roberts, who lived in nearby El Cajon, was fired in November. He previously was a security guard for the casino.

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LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — Donnell Roberts drove his red pickup truck to a Southern California casino, walked inside a building with a shotgun slung over his shoulder and headed to his former manager's office.

Authorities say the former investigator for the Indian tribal casino's gaming commission shot and killed a man in the office before fatally turning the gun on himself Tuesday.

"Our worst fears were confirmed," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore told reporters outside the convention center of the Barona Resort and Casino. "It appears to be a murder-suicide."

Roberts, 38, ordered three secretaries to leave when he entered the Barona Gaming Commission building around 10 a.m., and another 13 to 15 employees fled through a back door, Gore said. Witnesses heard three shots fired.

Within about an hour, authorities accounted for everyone who was inside the building except one, Gore said. He declined to identify the victim until his family was notified.

Roberts, of El Cajon, Calif., was fired in November as an investigator with the commission and worked previously as a security guard for the casino.

San Diego County sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers surrounded the gaming commission building, located behind the casino. The wait ended after two robots captured images of the bodies.

Authorities never established contact with Roberts, Gore said.

The casino in the east San Diego suburb remained open throughout the ordeal but a parking garage and day-care center were closed, said Rick Salinas, the casino's general manager.

Salinas said he didn't know why Roberts was fired from the commission, which functions as the tribe's regulator of its casino. He was one of about three investigators and 30 to 40 employees working for the commission.

"He was a professional, he did his job, and from my understanding he did it well," Salinas said.

Gore said the employees he spoke with were "very distraught."

"It's been a very traumatic day for all of them, I'm sure," he said.

The resort, which includes a 400-room hotel, golf course and spa, is operated by the Barona Band of Mission Indians and employs about 3,000 people.

The tribe bought the reservation property in 1932 after its original reservation land was used to build a reservoir. Tribal gaming began there in 1994 with the opening of the Barona Casino Big Top.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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