- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - The operators of Baltimore’s only casino say they are feeling the effects of the city’s recent riots and a month punctuated by a large number of homicides.

The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/1QpMblM ) operators of Horseshoe Casino say May’s revenue numbers will reflect a decline in business. The operators say the decline is driven by violence and media coverage of the riots and 43 homicides recorded in the city during the same time.

Chad Barnhill, the senior vice president and general manager of the casino, says the casino’s performance was derailed by the violence that followed the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

A six-day curfew imposed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake caused the 24-hour casino to close early.

The casino had reported April earnings of $22.9 million, a $1.8 million decrease from March.

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Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore, http://www.thedailyrecord.com

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