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Update: Man survives encounter with alleged serial carjacking suspect

Police say UNLV shooting suspect is in custody
Posted at 11:23 AM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 18:34:14-04

UPDATE JULY 14: San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies say 34-year-old Kevin Kealoha was taken into custody in Hesperia.

11:30 P.M. UPDATE: 13 Action News spoke with a valley man who survived an encounter with the alleged serial carjacking suspect.  The man did not want his name released.  The valley homeowner said he was backing out of his driveway when he noticed a problem.  

"There's a car now behind me," he said, "..I was blocked in."

Soon the situation escalated. 

"I see somebody getting out of the car," he said.

That's when the victim says the mystery driver pulled out a gun.

"He's like look I don't want to shoot you, I just want your car," said the victim.

The victim handed the man his keys.  

"Things like this are only material," he said, "your life is a lot  more than that."

Several hours later, the victim recovered his car.  He was not injured in this  incident.

6:15 P.M. UPDATE: Officials say the carjacking suspect who fired shots at UNLV was taken into custody by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

4:52 P.M. UPDATE: UNLV Police say that all buildings and roadways are back open. Students on campus in need of counseling should contact UNLV Counseling and Psychological Services at (702) 895-3627 or visit their website here. The Employee Assistance Program will offer counseling for staff members at (877) 234-5151, or on the EAP webpage here.

1 P.M. UPDATE: Police have connected an abandoned vehicle in Henderson to the earlier shooting at UNLV. Officers believe this may be a part of a much larger carjacking spree. They say after the UNLV shooting, a car was found on Lyon Drive near Eastern and Warm Springs that they believe to be the car the suspect was driving.  They say that suspect then carjacked another man at gunpoint, they drove that car north near Warm Springs and Green Valley.  When the car was spotted, police say the suspect got out and ran, jumping a fence into an apartment complex. They say that's when he carjacked another person, driving off in that car, and is still on the loose.

We're also told by NHP that they were on pursuit this morning on the 15 near Losee Road with a car that they also believe was driven by the same suspect.  After the suspect ran red lights, they lost him.

ORIGINAL REPORT: At 10:20 a.m. two cars drove through the UNLV campus on Harmon Avenue, near Swenson.

One driver fired shots at a vehicle he was trailing through the campus. The shots were reportedly fired in the vicinity of the Claude I. Howard Public Safety Building. The driver who shot at the vehicle has left the campus.

A witness to the incident spoke with our 13 Action News team and detailed what he saw on campus and reporter Tom George was at UNLV for the press briefing.

Police said during the briefing that the person who was shot at is an employee at UNLV. Her 11-year-old daughter was with her in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and UNLV police are investigating the situation. The UNLV campus is secure and no further incidents have been reported.

No injuries were reported.