UPDATE: Victim in ‘love triangle’ shooting identified

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner identified Shania James, 18, as the woman killed in a “lovers’ triangle” shooting on June 23. Her death was ruled a homicide, caused by gunshot wounds of the head and back.

The incident happened in the northwest valley. Suspect Shamiya Todd, 28, and her ex-husband were involved, along with James, who was the man’s girlfriend.

Todd was booked into the Clark County Detention Center for one count of open murder.

Police responded to a 10 p.m. report of a shooting in the 8900 block of Jaquita Avenue, near Elkhorn Road and Durango Drive.

Metro’s investigation indicates the shooting was the result of a lover’s triangle.

Todd was determined to be the suspect over the course of the investigation.

When officers arrived, they found Todd outside screaming for help after she had jumped from a balcony.

Officers went inside the home and found the man and three children, all under the age of 10. The children are safe and in the care of Child Protective Services.

A neighbor told 8 News Now nothing like this has happened in his 10 years living in the neighborhood.

“What’s important is we have the safety of the children and whoever did this be convicted,” said Mike Palser. “It’s a shame that they, No. 1, were exposed to it and will have to carry that forever, right? I mean, they’re never going to forget last night. I’m sure there’s a lot of us that wish we could.”

He says it is usually a quiet neighborhood but understands incidents like this can happen.

“Violence, people losing their patients and striking out, it can happen anywhere,” Palser said. “Does it surprise me? Yeah, because it’s so close to home. But am I really surprised?”

Earlier Thursday, officers were back out canvassing the neighborhood, gathering information and passing out Crime Stoppers fliers.

Todd is currently being held without bail.

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