Details later emerged that Tisdol got into an argument with a table game player roughly 30 minutes before the deadly shooting. The casino’s security ultimately had to separate Tisdol and the second patron, who’d asked Tisdol to sit out a hand, and were shocked to hear the second man claim that Tisdol threatened to shoot him with a gun he had on him.
Tisdol left for the exit after noticing police coming towards him.
Police later discovered that Tisdol had an active warrant for his arrest in New York over weapons charges. He’d also spent about a year in prison for drug offenses, his family revealed to local radio station WAMC.
Tisdol’s son, the one involved in the 2017 shooting, was also sentenced to 12 years in prison for robbery, attempted robbery, and drug and gun charges last August.
Gulluni met with Tisdol’s family and members of the community last week to describe the case before going public with the media. The victim’s mother, Gloria Carter Vaught, said that she wanted to understand everything that happened the night of the shooting.
“I have a right to know what exactly happened to him,” Vaught said, per New England Public Media. “I want to see all footage from the casino, from the town of Springfield, from the body cams and from dash cams. I have a right to. He’s my son.”
Vaught described her son as a father and music producer.
MGM Springfield opened in August 2018. It was one of three casinos that offered legal sports betting on the January 31 launch date this year.