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UPDATE: Couple says they tried to help man killed in attempted robbery at local apartment complex

Posted at 1:34 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 21:13:03-04

UPDATE 6 P.M. MAY 12: A couple says they tried to help the man shot and killed by two suspects during an attempted robbery at the Bloom Apartments. 

Deborah Degeeter said she heard the gun shots while she and her husband were getting their mail. 

"I heard pop and then I looked at him and then there was another pop, pop, pop," Degeeter said. 

Without hesitation, Degeeter and her husband ran toward the shooting to help the young victim. 

"I took my T-shirt off so they had something to stop the bleeding, but to no avail we could see we were losing him," said Degeeter's husband, Marcus Emerson. 

Degeeter said the shooters could have done more harm because the shooting took place near the leasing office, a particularly crowded area. 

"He fired his weapons blindly," Degeeter said. "Anyone could have been hurt."

A bullet barreled through Sonji Mitchell's patio door and into the apartment where she and her dog live. 

"The detective told me yesterday had I been home I could've easily been hurt," Mitchell said. 

Police do not believe the victim had any connection with the apartment complex and are working with management to find the suspects.


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- On May 11, Las Vegas police responded to reports of a shooting around 6 p.m. in the 7000 block of Gowan Road.

Arriving officers found a man inside a vehicle suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

An investigation indicates that the victim was in the driver's seat when two unidentified black male adults entered through the rear doors of the vehicle. Both suspects were armed with handguns and were apparently trying to rob the driver. The suspects shot and killed the driver, then fled the area on foot.

The identity of the deceased will be released at a later date by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 702-828-3521. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-555.