LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro police continue to investigate a shooting that left one person dead and two others injured on July 1 in the northeast valley, near Craig Road and Lamb Boulevard.
The shooting on Copper Sage Street was reported just after 11 a.m. That area is in a concentration of industrial businesses north of Craig Road.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as Andy Contreras, 23. The cause of death was ruled from perforation of the lungs, heart, aorta, and pulmonary artery due to a gunshot wound of the left arm. The manner is homicide.
Lt. Ray Spencer with the LVMPD Homicide Section gave preliminary information on the investigation at a press conference hours later. He started the conference by stating, “And I apologize, but it is going to be extremely convoluted to explain.”
According to police, a group of coworkers at a business in the area were involved in an altercation early in the morning and two employees agreed to have a fistfight at lunchtime.
Police say, at lunch, the two employees left the worksite and went down the street to fight, with other employees following them to watch the fight.
One of the employees involved in the fight called a friend to witness the incident, according to police.
The employee who was “winning” the fight was then shot by the friend of the other employee involved in the fistfight – who was called to witness the fight. Two of the employees witnessing the fight were also shot.
Everyone then fled the scene, with the exception of one of the witnesses to the fight who was shot. He was transported to UMC Trauma and died from his injuries. The other employee shot during the fight was later reported as being “dropped off” at North Vista Hospital and then transferred to UMC Trauma “in critical condition.”
While officers were on the scene, another male contacted North Las Vegas police stating he had been shot. That turned out to be the employee who was “winning” the fight. He is described as having “non-life-threatening injuries.”
Police are currently searching for two Hispanic males in their late teens to early 20s. During the LVMPD news conference update, they were described as the male who was “losing the fight” and the “friend that was called to witness the fight” who ended up shooting and killing one and injuring two other onlookers.
Police say this incident is an open investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Homicide Department on the website LVMPD.com. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.