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LVMPD says 'targeted robbery' led to fatal shooting in southwest Las Vegas

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Mar 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-06 19:35:21-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Metro Police Department is investigating a homicide at a residence located in the 6400 block of Bright Nimbus Avenue near Torrey Pines Drive and Robindale Road Friday afternoon.

The shooting led multiple nearby schools, including Tony Alamo Elementary, to enter a hard lockdown which scared Sean Baxter as he rushed to pick up his son Isiah.

"It's kind of shocking," Baxter said.

Baxter said he saw swarms of police officers and dogs combing the neighborhood as police searched for gunmen.

"Just scared, you know?" Baxter said. "I'm just getting off work, my wife calls me, 'hey, look, the school is on lockdown. Cops are everywhere.' So i was just freaked out for my son and all of the kids in the neighborhood."

According to Lt. Ray Spencer, around 2:10 p.m. police responded to a call reporting that gunshots were fired on Bright Nimbus Ave. Once police arrived at the scene, they saw a woman in her early 20s laying inside the house with multiple gunshot wounds. She is now deceased.

According to the police, the incident appears to have started as a "very targeted robbery."

A male resident of the home left to go to the store, and arrived back to find three men and a white Mercedes in his driveway, Spencer said. The men tried to escape and the resident chased them in his car, ramming the Mercedes. The Mercedes driver got out and several gunshots were fired before he ran away, Spencer said.

Spencer says all three of the suspects fled in different directions, and all were still unaccounted for as of this report. With the suspects likely armed and on foot in the area around the time of the shooting, Spencer said nearby schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Police are interviewing the male resident and another female who lives at the home. Spencer said there is a "very good chance" all of the individuals involved in the incident were armed, and investigators were expected to remain on scene for quite some time Friday collecting evidence.

Investigators also have reason to believe the Mercedes arrived at the home very soon after the male resident left it, Spencer said, which is why police are saying the crime doesn't appear random.

The investigation is ongoing, and Spencer asked that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or submit a tip online at CrimeStoppersOfNV.com. You can remain anonymous.