Local News


Pokemon Go player caught in gunfight speaks out

Posted at 3:36 PM, Jul 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-31 21:55:42-04
For the first time, we're hearing from a man who was part of an exchange of gunfire while playing a Pokemon Go game.
Six players were in Freedom Park near Washington Avenue and Pecos Road around 4 a.m.
Bradley Steffens says there was no one else around when an SUV slowly pulled up to their group.
The people in the vehicle didn't know that Steffens' friend, Darnell, was carrying a weapon.
"I remember going to [Darnell] and saying this doesn't feel right," Steffens said. "Their lights are out. I don't like how this looks. Next thing you know, all hell broke loose."
He says it all happened very quickly.
A man who had gotten out of the SUV demanded their wallets and when they saw he had a gun, Darnell pulled out his own weapon.
The would-be robber then fired multiple shots, hitting Darnell in the stomach while the rest of the Pokemon Go players ran for cover.
Police arrested Elvis Campos this week for the incident, charging him with assault and battery with a deadly weapon among other things. They also arrested a juvenile.
Darnell is out of the hospital and recovering but without health insurance, friends are trying to raise money for his medical bills through a GoFundMe page
"If it wasn't for him, I don't know if we'd be sitting here talking today or if we would've gotten our property back," Steffens said. "I don't know what would've happened, nobody knows. My friend saved my life that day."
The group of friends is now rethinking how and when they play Pokemon Go.
Clark County posted a reminder Sunday that most parks close at 11 p.m.