Police investigate 6 homicides during violent Fourth of July weekend

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) –While there was a lot to celebrate this holiday weekend, law enforcement has remained very busy. Authorities are investigating the sixth murder in the Las Vegas valley over the past three days.

“It used to be nice around here, but now with the shootings, I have to go,” said Machelle Wiggins, a resident of the neighborhood where Monday’s shooting took place.

On Monday, one man lost his life in a northeast valley neighborhood after being shot. Metro police have not confirmed any further details, but a section of the neighborhood was blocked off for hours. That shooting happened in the 6900 block of Mendon Lane, near E. Lake Mead and Hollywood boulevards.

On Sunday, North Las Vegas police say seven people were injured in a shootout that left two men dead on Helen Avenue, near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue.

Prior to that, three different incidents occurred on Saturday, leaving three more people dead.

Wiggins doesn’t feel her northeast valley neighborhood is a safe place for her grandkids anymore.

“It’s not safe for them because they play up and down the block and this happened in the daytime,” she said.

Some residents feel the holiday weekend combined with the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions may have to do with the increase in violence.

“I think the pandemic restrictions being lighter than in the past few months may have something to do with it,” said Isaiah Hagans.

“People were cooped up for so long and now they are getting out and getting crazy for the holiday, so people are drinking more,” said Wallace Smith.

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