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19-year-old suspect in shooting of 11-year-old girl dies of his injuries; 3 suspects still on loose

Police say shooting is gang-related
Posted: 12:28 AM, Nov 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-04 01:10:03Z
NLV police: girl shot, killed in neighborhood
NLV police: girl shot, killed in neighborhood
NLV police: girl shot, killed in neighborhood

The North Las Vegas Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting in the area of Deer Springs Way and Losee Road late Thursday night.

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Officers were called to the neighborhood at about 9:40 p.m. with reports of a shooting in the 6700 block of Courtney Michelle Street. Police said multiple subjects exited the vehicle and approached the victim's home where multiple gunshots were fired into the residence. 

North Las Vegas police confirmed an 11-year-old girl was found shot at that location. Family members have identified the victim as Angelina Sarabia. A GoFundMe has been set up for Angelina. 

Her aunt Marlene Nava remembers Angelina as having a heart full of gold.

“She was always smiling, she didn’t like to get mad at anybody, she was a jokester and loved to laugh.”

11-year-old Angelina was the only one hit in the home despite multiple gunshots, police said Friday afternoon. However, two adults, ages 30 and 33, and two girls, 14 and 6, were also in the home at the time of the shooting.

“Had the mother not told them to get on the floor it would have been all of their lives not just one life,” Nava said. “They just went and shot at a home and to see so many bullet through the window you can only imagine the scenario."

Family members say they are now left with more questions than answers.

“Was it worth it? Was it worth the little girl losing her life," says Nava. "Not being able to watch her sisters growing up, not being able to graduate or do anything with her life, was it worth it?”

Police said the shooting was gang-related and that the shooters targeted the wrong house.

According to police, a neighbor who saw the shooting opened fire at the car, identified as a silver Nissan Altima, as it drove away and hit a 19-year-old male passenger. The neighbor is not facing charges and is cooperating with the investigation. 

On Saturday, North Las Vegas police confirmed the 19-year-old suspect died of his injuries. 

The 17-year-old identified as the driver of a getaway car is in custody. The 17-year-old male was subsequently arrested and booked at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder with a deadly weapon, and four counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon. Due to his age, the juvenile suspect will be identified at a later date.

Three other shooters are being sought. Police recovered the suspect vehicle near El Campo Grande Avenue and Commerce Street.

Police did not release any other details Friday afternoon as the investigation is active and ongoing but encouraged the public to call with any tips. They can be anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.