Las Vegas authorities say one person was killed and six others injured in an exchange of gunfire at a Las Vegas apartment complex
“It just got worse. We were all drinking,” said Maria Guzman, a tenant who lives next door to an apartment where crime scene investigators spent Friday morning collecting evidence inside. one unit and on the balcony.
“They told me to bring my nephews inside or someone would go to jail,” Guzman told The Associated Press. “I put them all inside. Then they pushed open the door. »
A woman who stopped to talk before taking her children to school said she saw at least 10 people on the balcony drinking and arguing for several hours before the fighting started, then shooting.
“Everyone was inebriated,” Nikki Paskevicius said outside a second-floor apartment across from the filming location. “First, two people were fighting one-on-one. Then someone came in with a gun.
Paskevicius said he heard eight shots: three, then two, then three more.
Guzman called the gathering a tattoo party. She declined to say what triggered the shots or identify the deceased man, but said he was in his late 20s.
She said her injured nephews and cousins were variously injured in the foot, face, back, chest and arm. She declined to provide their names.
The gunshots broke out around 11:25 p.m. during an argument between neighbors, the injured went to the hospital themselves, and two were admitted in critical condition, police said.
At least two people exchanged gunfire and at least one suspect was still wanted, said Officer Aden Ocampo Gomez, a spokesman for the Las Vegas police. The suspect was described only as an adult last seen wearing dark clothing.
Ocampo Gomez said he didn’t know if any of the injured people were suspects in the shooting.
Lamar Isaac, a doorman at a hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, said he pays about $500 in rent every two weeks and has lived at the resort for three years. He said he was awakened by a series of gunshots and believed more than one shot was fired.
A resort office official declined to comment and ordered a reporter to leave the property.
Records show the sprawling complex has some 330 apartments in 10 two- and three-storey buildings. It is east of the Las Vegas Strip and near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The shooting took place less than a week after gunfire killed a 33-year-old man and injured 13 people at a private party early February 26 at a crowded hookah lounge in a shopping mall in the East of the Strip.
One of the injured, Lee Frank Wilson, 44, was arrested for murder and attempted murder, and police said more arrests were expected.
A judge ordered Wilson to remain in jail without bail on Thursday, noting in court that Wilson is a convicted felon who has been arrested 82 times since 1995 and has served time in prison following his conviction in a 2019 shooting case.
Wilson’s attorney, Josh Tomsheck, said his client plans to plead not guilty.