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Video shows fight on Horseshoe Casino's first weekend

A fight broke out inside Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino on the first weekend after its grand opening.

A video of the incident shows security guards wearing yellow shirts rushing to break up the fight, which occurred in the line for Pie-Zetta, a pizza restaurant, around 3 a.m. Saturday.

"Basically, somebody said something ... to one person and they took it the wrong way," said Kevin Forrest, who witnessed the fight. He said a woman sprayed mace before about 20 security guards stopped the fight and escorted people out of the casino. Forrest, who goes by the nickname "Hollywood," took the video and posted it to Facebook, where it was shared more than 400 times by Sunday afternoon.

The casino acknowledged the fight in a statement, which read: "There was an isolated incident overnight Friday in which two customers had a brief altercation. Members of our guest safety team responded and quickly defused the situation."

Baltimore police said the incident was handled internally by casino security. Major crimes at Maryland casinos are required to be reported to the state. "There's nothing big right now that's on our radar," police spokeswoman Lt. Sarah Connolly said.

The casino's opening night on Tuesday brought a larger-than-expected crowd of roughly 15,000, but no major incidents, officials said last week.

The Baltimore Sun bought the video from Forrest for an undisclosed price.

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