Two children were killed and a third was clinging to life after a man opened fire early Monday inside a northeast Las Vegas Valley residence, also killing a woman and himself, police said.
The children are younger than 14, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Robert Price said at an afternoon news conference. The victims were connected to the shooter, he said, without detailing the relationship.
The identities have not been made public.
A man went to the residence to check on his brother, discovered that people were down and called police, who responded to a home in a residential complex about 10 a.m., Price said.
The surviving juvenile was described as “clinging to life” at UMC Trauma Center, Price said.
Investigators are trying to determine a motive, he said. It’s not clear if the residence was the home of the shooter, who was believed to have been on house arrest, police said.
The violence comes amid a spate of shootings in Las Vegas, including on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Dec. 6 that killed three and injured a fourth, and the shooting of five homeless people at an encampment that claimed one life last week.
Despite the attacks, the murder rate in Las Vegas was down 11 percent compared to the same time last year, according to police data.
Asked how Monday’s shooting fit into a dark December for the city, Price said he didn’t want to relate it to other events.
“This is a very sad and tragic event,” he said.
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