A woman who claimed her family was among the six people injured in the Las Vegas nighttime shooting that left one guy dead at an apartment complex said gunshots erupted minutes after police urged guests celebrating late Thursday on a 3rd-floor balcony to evacuate.
“It just escalated. We were all drinking,” said Maria Guzman, a renter who resides next-door to the apartment where the crime scene detectives spent Friday morning gathering evidence inside one of the units and on the balcony.
“They told me to get my nephews inside or someone was going to jail,” Guzman informed The Associated Press. “I put them all inside. Then, they pushed out the door.”
A mother who stopped for a conversation before bringing her children to school claimed she witnessed at least 10 individuals on the balcony arguing and drinking for many hours before violence erupted, and then shooting.
“Everyone was intoxicated,” Nikki said outside a 2nd-floor apartment facing the crime scene. “First, two people were fighting one-on-one. Then, someone stepped in with a gun.”
Paskevicius stated that she had heard 8 shots: 3, then 2, then 3 more.
Guzman called the event a tattoo party. She refused to disclose what provoked the gunshot or name the guy who died, but said the person was in his late 20s.
Guzman added that her injured nephews and relatives were variably wounded in the arm, chest, back, face and foot. She refuses to reveal their names.
The shooting broke out about 11:25 p.m. as a result of an altercation between neighbors; the injured proceeded to hospitals on their own, and two of them were later listed in serious condition.
Officer Aden Ocampo Gomez, a Las Vegas police spokesperson, said that at least two persons exchanged gunfire and that one suspect is still being sought. Just an adult last seen in dark clothes was all anybody knew about the suspect.
The incident occurred less than a week after a private party at a packed hookah bar east of the Strip left a 33-year-old guy dead and 13 others injured.
Additional arrests are likely for Lee Frank Wilson, 44, one of the injured, who was charged with murder and attempted murder.