A shooting incident in Las Vegas targeted at least five homeless individuals, resulting in one fatality, according to local police reports.
The incident was reported around 5:34 p.m. on Friday near Charleston and Honolulu Street, as stated by the local KTNV news channel. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) spokesperson described the victims as "unhoused," and the assailant remains at large.
During a press conference on Friday night, LVMPD Lieutenant Jason Johansson disclosed that officers were directed to a "homeless encampment" with multiple tents. Witnesses guided the police to an area where five individuals with gunshot wounds were discovered.
Immediate medical aid was provided by responding officers until all five victims could be transported to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, the state's largest public hospital. Regrettably, one man in his 50s succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Three men in their 30s are currently undergoing treatment, with two in stable condition and one in critical condition.
The police will continue their investigations on the scene throughout the night. Contrary to recent cases in Los Angeles where three homeless people were fatally shot, the ABC 7 news channel reported that the Las Vegas shooting is not connected to those incidents. The Los Angeles Police Department suggested that the three victims there were sleeping alone on a sidewalk or alley, potentially targeted by a serial killer.
(With Agency Inputs)