Police are searching for the person who shot and killed three people over the weekend, and they believe it was not random.
The shooting happened just before 9:00 p.m. Sunday night at a shopping center near Lake Mead Blvd. and Simmons St. in North Las Vegas. 8 News Now spoke to people Monday evening, like Dorothy Wesley-Smith, who say they knew the victims.
“I’m devastated, I’m devastated,” Wesley-Smith said.
Wesley is one of many in a community that was in shock following a triple murder that hit too close to home.
Wesley-Smith told 8 News Now she knew the three people who lost their lives. She said they were a family made up of Susan Nash, the mother, as well as Nash’s daughter and one of her sons.
“I just knew Susie when our kids were coming up,” Wesley-Smith said. “I’ve always known her to have a great smile; upbeat and positive, you know? Love her family, and that’s how we connected. It was always us and our kids. For the community, it’s a great loss.”
According to friends, Susan was a special education teacher at Desert Pines High School. The Clark County School District confirms that they have an employee named Susan Nash.
North Las Vegas Police say the shooting happened at a shopping center near Lake Mead and Simmons in North Las Vegas Sunday night. In addition to the three victims who lost their lives, police say a fourth victim, a man, was injured in the shooting and taken to the hospital.
Officers believe the suspect got into an argument with the victims and then shot all four people. Investigators believe this was not a random act of violence.
Some businesses in the complex have shattered windows, which have since been boarded up. Metro Police collected whatever evidence it could find from those businesses, including surveillance footage.
“A stupid decision on behalf of the suspect. He picked the wrong parking lot because we’re going to have a lot of information to gather off of this to help bring some justice to the families,” said Officer Aaron Patty with the North Las Vegas Police Department.
People who live near the shopping center cannot believe the violent act even occurred in the area.
“For something to transpire like this, it’s terrible,” said nearby resident James Paul Jacob. “I was going to try to get me a business in this part right here and everything, and to see some stuff like this is terrifying.”
Members of the community say they’re praying for closure, as friends of the victims continue to grieve.
“We need that feeling, that sensation of happiness and helpfulness between each other,” Jacob said. “Don’t shoot anybody. Go somewhere and cool off, go see somebody about your problems.”
“I just pray that they get the person responsible because you just can’t go around gunning down families,” Wesley-Smith said.
As of Monday night, North Las Vegas Police had not released a description of the suspect. 8 News Now is still waiting for the coroner’s office to confirm the victims’ identities officially.