Attempted carjacking turns into shootout when neighbor intervenes to help

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Metro Police are looking for a man who was involved in a carjacking turned shootout in a northeast Las Vegas neighborhood.  It happened Tuesday evening near Owens and Pecos.

According to officers, a neighbor tried to stop the crime and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

The neighbors in the area suffered the damage because many trailers were riddled with bullets.  

Everything unfolded Tuesday night after, Brett Tabil, a fellow neighbor, saw someone approach a pizza delivery guy in the area with a gun.

“Then I see the dude run up with the gun and then put it to the pizza man’s head and then tell him to give him all his stuff and that’s when I came out with my gun,” said Tabil said.

Tabil tried to stop the carjacking by demanding the thief to get out, but things quickly escalated as the man drove away.  

“He shot first at me, and he ended up wrecking into that car right there,” Tabil said as he pointed at the area in the neighborhood.  “But he shot first at me, and I just returned fire.”

Cristen Drummond, Reporter: “Why did he shoot first at you?”
Tabil: “Because he saw I had a gun and I was chasing him down.”  

Tabil eventually lost sight of the car.  Police found it near the entrance of the neighborhood.

Other people who live in the area are still dealing with the aftermath. 

“We counted about 20 bullet holes, and the crime scene investigators found a total of four bullets,” one neighbor who didn’t want to be on camera said.  “Two in the living room, one in my kid’s bedroom and one in our bedroom.”

The family here says they’re grateful to be alive.

“Where we all were, that’s where the shots were going, so they barely missed us by probably inches,” the neighbor said. 

“I just wanted to help the guy,” Tabil said. “I saw that he had a gun to his head, you know, so if he was to go down then the other dude was going to be right behind him that’s for sure.”

Despite all of the gunfire, no one was hurt. The suspect is still on the run.

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