LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A family is grieving after a man was shot and killed while trying to stop crime in his front yard. It happened Sunday just before 6 a.m. on Shinyleaf Circle near Sloan and Charleston in northeast Las Vegas.
Metro responded to a residence after someone called to report a shooting. A resident at the home heard someone breaking into his truck outside. The son, 25-year-old Daniel Garcia III, ran out to help his father and the suspect opened fire, shooting Garcia in the abdomen. During the altercation the suspect also shot himself in the leg.
Garcia was transported to the hospital where he later died.
According to arrest report, the suspect is Benjamin Smith, 21. He is still in the hospital.
8 News Now reporter Joe Moeller spoke to the victim’s dad who said his son, who goes by Danny, worked at Amazon, was a musician and leaves behind a 3-year-old child.
Neighbors say it’s usually a calm neighborhood and that nothing like this has happened in that area. Today, it appeared people were still putting up Christmas lights on the typical family homes. You wouldn’t think the street was a crime scene on Sunday.
“Surprised, very surprised,” said neighbor Patricia Diaz. “A big police presence from different departments,” recalled neighbor Sheila Wright.
Smith is now facing a number of charges, including murder. He is set to be in court Wednesday.