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Police to Arrest Man in Triple Killing

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The house where three people were found shot to death. The house where three people were found shot to death.

LAS VEGAS -- The man who Metro Police said shot and killed three family members Tuesday before shooting himself will be arrested in absentia after he recovers.

James McCarty, 54, is facing three counts of murder with a deadly weapon in the slayings of two women and a man. A dog was also shot and killed, the police said.

SWAT team members responded to the house after police officers saw blood on the back patio and bullet holes in a window in the 2200 block of La Sombra Street about 4:20 p.m.

Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like gunfire coming from the house.

Andrew Kirk, who said he knew the family for the past year, said after he heard the gunfire, walked over to his neighbors' house and saw a large puddle of blood. He then called police.

"No one answered the door," Kirk said of when police arrived at the house. "They gave several commands to come out the house. They (the residents) never came out, so the (police) brought the SWAT team in. ... The SWAT team breached (a metal gate) open and metal shrapnel obviously broke my window."

Three people were found dead inside the house and the fourth, McCarty, was found suffering from severe head trauma. He was taken to University Medical Center's trauma unit.

Neighbor Josie Montgomery said she has lived next to the family since 1987 and was close to them.

"Jim had the cancer and Linda had the stroke and we would talk about that," Montgomery said. She said the two adult children were having a hard time finding work, but remained upbeat.

"I saw (Bonnie) out front walking the dog; she's like, 'Hi, Josie. How are you?'" she said.

Montgomery said the daughter who lived at the house became her mother's caretaker.

"I'm just beside myself, because they are good people," Montgomery said.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified one of the women killed as Bonnie Lee Scherrer, 38, of Las Vegas. She died of a gunshot wound to the head and her death was ruled a homicide. The coroner also identified Robert John Scherrer, 41, of Las Vegas. He also died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a homicide.

The identity of the other woman killed in the shooting will be released by the coroner's office. According to police, all of the people involved in the shooting were related.

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