Man Used Hollow-Nose Bullets in Casino Shooting

A man charged with gunning down a supervisor at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort used illegal hollow-nose bullets, designed to inflict maximum damage, authorities said in court documents.

Mark Magee, 57, of Norristown, Pa., is charged with murder and weapons offenses and was being held on $1 million bail.

Magee apparently knew the victim, Raymond Kot, from previous trips to the Atlantic City casino. Kot, 55, had worked for the Taj Mahal since the day it opened in 1990.

At his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon in Mays Landing, Magee spoke only to acknowledge that he understood the charges against him. The proceeding took less than three minutes. Prosecutors revealed nothing about a possible motive.

Among the weapons offenses, Magee is charged with possession of hollow-nose bullets, which are illegal in New Jersey.

Donald Trump, who is no longer associated with the gambling company he used to run, says fellow workers respected and looked up to Kot.
“He was a wonderful, loyal person who worked for me for a long time,” the real estate tycoon and “Celebrity Apprentice” TV star told The Associated Press on Thursday. “He was somebody the other employees liked very much. He was a very solid citizen.”

Kot was shot several times in the abdomen in an office just off the casino floor, an area not visible to casino patrons. He died about 2 1/2 hours later at Atlantic City Medical Center after undergoing surgery.
Magee surrendered to police in a parking garage.

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