LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Red Rock Scenic Loop was closed to the public as Las Vegas police investigated an apparent murder-suicide on Saturday.
Police say a park ranger was driving around the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Loop on Saturday afternoon when they noticed a car parked to the side of the road in a no parking area.
Authorities say the ranger found a woman believed to be in her mid-30s with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In the passenger seat, police say a boy, believed to be her son and under the age of 2 years old, was found with a gunshot wound.
No one else is believed to be involved.
The coroner's office will identify the deceased.
The investigation is taking place west of the Las Vegas valley near State Route 159, far west Charleston Boulevard, at mile marker 12 near Red Rock Canyon.
The Red Rock Scenic Loop is closed for now and officials are asking everyone to avoid Calico Basin if possible.
Confidential support from trained counselors is available by calling the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE. For those who'd prefer to text, the crisis line can be reached at 741-741.
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