Las Vegas, Nevada – December 2, 2023
In a heartbreaking incident, one person was killed and four others were injured in a shooting at a homeless encampment in Las Vegas on Friday evening, according to the “Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.”
The tragic event unfolded around “5:30 p.m. local time” in the vicinity of Charleston Boulevard and U.S. 95. Responding officers arrived at the homeless encampment after witnesses directed them to multiple victims, as revealed by “Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Jason Johansson” during a press briefing on Friday night.
The victims, all of whom were unhoused, were swiftly transported to University Medical Center for urgent medical attention. Regrettably, a male in his 50s succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Another man in his 30s remains in critical condition, while two additional men in their 30s and a victim in his late teens are currently in stable condition.
According to the police, it is believed that all the victims were shot by a single suspect who remains at large. Law enforcement officials are set to return to the crime scene and meticulously canvas the area for surveillance footage on Saturday, told Jason.
As the investigation unfolds, the authorities have yet to determine whether the incident is an isolated event. There is currently no apparent connection to the recent fatal shootings of three homeless individuals in Los Angeles earlier this week. In Los Angeles, the victims were found sleeping alone on a sidewalk or in an alley, prompting concerns of a potential serial killer targeting the homeless population, as warned by the LAPD in a news conference on Friday.
Despite similarities in preliminary information, law enforcement officials assert that the Las Vegas and Los Angeles cases are not believed to be linked. As the respective investigations progress, the communities affected are left grappling with the devastating impact of violence against those experiencing homelessness.