LAS VEGAS (AP) – A woman who said her relatives were the six people wounded in an overnight shooting that left one man dead at a Las Vegas apartment complex said gunfire erupted minutes after police warned people partying late Thursday on a third-floor balcony to leave.
“It just escalated,” said Maria Guzman, a tenant who lives next-door to an apartment where crime scene investigators spent Friday morning collecting evidence inside a unit and on the balcony.
“They told me to get my nephews inside or someone was going to jail,” Guzman told The Associated Press. “I put them all inside. Then, they pushed out the door.”
A woman who stopped to talk before taking her children to school said she saw at least 10 people on the balcony arguing for several hours before fighting started, and then shooting.
Guzman called the gathering a tattoo party. She declined to say what sparked the gunfire or identify the man who died, but said he was in his late 20s.
She said her injured nephews and cousins were variously wounded in the foot, face, back, chest and arm. She declined to provide their names.
The gunfire erupted about 11:25pm during a dispute between neighbours, the wounded went to hospitals themselves,and two were admitted in critical condition, police said.
At least two people exchanged gunfire and at least one suspect was still being sought, said Las Vegas police spokesman. Officer Aden OcampoGomez.