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Police: 66-year-old woman shot, killed during struggle for purse at Fashion Show Mall

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Posted at 3:19 PM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2022-01-05 11:13:50-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police are investigating two deadly shootings on New Year's Eve that they say began as attempted robberies and believe are connected.

The first shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. Authorities say a husband and wife were in a parking lot at the Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip when someone tried to steal the woman's purse.

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There was a struggle, police say, and the attempted robber pulled out a gun and shot the 66-year-old woman.

She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her identity will be released by the coroner's office.

Police believe she is a tourist, though at this time they cannot say for sure.

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The shooting remains under investigation and police stress that the information is preliminary.

Later in the night, around 6:15 p.m., police say a man believed to be in his 50s was shot and killed in the Palace Station parking garage. Police say they have two suspects in custody and there is no longer a threat to the public. Read more details about that shooting here.

A third, unrelated shooting took place on New Year's Eve around 3 p.m. at Meadows Mall. Police say two people were shot during that incident and were transported to the hospital. Read more about it here.

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This story was updated with information from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

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