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Police Plea for Help in Solving Mysterious Killing

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police made a public plea for help in solving a killing that they say may be a random act of violence.

Homicide detective Lt. Ray Steiber talked to the media Wednesday afternoon near where the shooting happened at Tropicana Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard to bring attention to the crime that left one man dead.

According to police, 26-year-old Cleottus Harvey was driving home in the westbound lanes of Tropicana Avenue on Jan. 21. He had his two children, who are 2 and 4 years old, in the car and was stopped at the light at Rainbow Boulevard. A person in a dark sedan drove up next to him and stopped.

Harvey and the man in the sedan got into an verbal argument, police said. The man in the sedan then took out a gun and shot Harvey in the chest.

"I stop, thinking about that night and seeing the car with the bullet hole in the window, right next to my granddaughter's head, that's unnerving," Harvey's Father-In-Law David Thomas said. "To have someone snuff his life out over a few words, it's just something you can't comprehend."

Following the shooting, the gunman left the scene westbound on Tropicana Ave. Harvey's car rolled into the intersection and hit two other cars. The children were not seriously hurt.

Lt. Steiber says it appears to be random, and they cannot find an event, besides the argument, that lead to deadly shooting.

"Even if you thought that information you may have seen isn't important, it just may be important to our investigation," Steiber said.

Metro also says they have received very few tips about the incident. They are hoping people who were driving through the intersection when the crime happened will come forward with information.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Homicide Section at (702) 828-3521, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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