- Associated Press - Monday, November 19, 2018

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - Police in southern Nevada were looking Monday for a getaway car and two gunmen who sprayed a suburban North Las Vegas home with bullets during the weekend, wounding a 9-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy.

The injured children were expected to recover following the 2 a.m. Saturday shooting that police said did not appear to be a random act.

It represented the latest in a spate of violence that has killed four people and wounded three, all younger than 20, in less than a month in Nevada’s fourth-largest city.

In most cases, the victims and the suspects knew each other, Officer Aaron Patty said Monday. Some involved gang members.

But detectives have not found a common element for the uptick in shootings involving young people, Patty said.

He said the department has increased patrols and has begun planning a meeting to encourage neighbors to work with police.

“This isn’t just a law enforcement problem,” he said. “We need to work together to find a way to combat these issues.”

Saturday’s shooting involved men who got out of a car and opened fire through the front door of a home, Patty said. Several other adults and children in the house were not injured.

The spate of shootings began Oct. 30 with the killing of 18-year-old Keimarre Galvin outside an apartment near downtown North Las Vegas. Police said Galvin was targeted for the attack. His killer has not been identified.

Two days later, 11-year-old Angelina Erives was killed in a shooting involving three shooters and two other people in a getaway car who police said mistook the girl’s family house for the nearby home of a gang rival.

Guy Lee Banks III, a 19-year-old passenger in the car, was shot and killed by a neighbor firing his legally owned gun at the fleeing vehicle. The driver and two alleged shooters have been arrested on murder and other charges. One more suspect is sought, Patty said.

The Nov. 10 wounding of a 3-year-old boy was called accidental. Patty said the child found a gun that hadn’t been properly locked away.

Police have called the Nov. 13 slaying of 16-year-old Lamadre Harris in the parking lot of a strip mall a targeted attack. His assailant has not been identified.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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